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Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). He oversees KEI’s trade and economic related initiatives, as well as the Institute’s relations with Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC trade community. As part of his broader portfolio he serves as the editor for KEI’s flagship publication, Korea’s Economy, and oversees KEI’s blog, The Peninsula.

Mr. Stangarone has written extensively and has been widely quoted on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean trade and foreign policy, and North Korea. His work has appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, CNBC, CNN, the South China Morning Post, East Asia Forum, China-US Focus, the JoongAng Ilbo, and the Korea Herald. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, CNN, Politico, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, JoongAng Daily, and Yonhap News Service. He has also appeared on TV and radio for outlets such as Bloomberg News, CNBC Asia, and BBC Radio.

In addition to his work at KEI, Mr. Stangarone is a member of the International Council of Korean Studies Board and the Korea-America Student Conference’s National Advisory Committee. He is a columnist for the Korea Times and a regular contributor to The Diplomat. He was also a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He also served as an aide to Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.

Troy is available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact the Director of Communications, Sang Kim at sk@keia.org.

North Korea is putting on a tough face as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorities in Pyongyang continue to reassure the rest of the world that nothing is wrong…

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Region: Asia

Since Donald Trump took over as president in 2017, the United States has been retreating from the world – and from the Indo-Pacific region more specifically. Most notably, the country…

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Region: Oceania

July 17, 2020

While the rest of the world is still struggling to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, South Korea – progressing steadily in its containment of the pandemic – has begun its…

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We are amidst a pandemic – its victims will not only be the sick but also those who will lose their livelihood as the economy shuts down to contain the…

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April 3, 2020

KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone and KEI Board Member William Brown contributed chapters to the new book “The Political Economy of North Korea: Domestic, Regional, and Global Dynamics,” published by…

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On September 24, Radio Free Asia quoted KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone in an article regarding Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong’s controversial comments about China at a Council on Foreign Relations…

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September 27, 2021

In a Radio Free Asia interview on UNICEF’s Child Nutrition Report 2021, KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone was quoted saying that food shortage causes malnutrition, which in turn leads to…

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September 24, 2021

On September 22, Radio Free Asia quoted KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone in an article about the U.S. State Department’s interest in engaging North Korea. This followed President Moon Jae-in’s…

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September 24, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion of how North Korea is handling the outbreak of COVID-19 and how the international community could help.

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Region: Asia

May 31, 2022

Please join KEI and KIEP for a discussion about the first 10 years of KORUS and the future of the U.S.-Korea economic relationship.

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Region: Asia

February 28, 2022

Please join KEI for a discussion on North Korea’s potential incorporation of AI into its cyber arsenal.

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Region: Asia

February 24, 2022

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks on the verge of completion, Korea has announced that it will begin consultations for joining the regional trade agreement that aims to bring together…

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Region: Asia

December 11, 2013

Despite an historic delay and continued opposition in some quarters, passage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) looks set to proceed quickly through the United States Congress. The…

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Region: Asia

February 14, 2012

For much of the past month, the world has sat transfixed as the Arab World has begun to transform before our eyes. Having started in Tunisia, the call for political…

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Region: Asia

January 20, 2012

During the last two years ago, U.S.-South Korea relations have strengthened in ways that many Korea watchers did not expect. With a liberal President Barack Obama entering office, some feared…

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Region: Asia

January 20, 2012

By Troy Stangarone In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, North Korea has closed its border to tourists and commerce with China and Russia to prevent the spread of the disease in North Korea. But helping North Korea address the crisis would not only be the right thing to do, it could…

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February 10, 2020

By Troy Stangarone South Korea isn’t the only country that Japan feels has broken its trust. After years of investment in the United Kingdom based on the understanding that it would be a stable platform to export into the European Union, Asian investors find those investments now at risk from the United Kingdom’s decision to…

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Region: Asia,Europe

September 24, 2019

By Troy Stangarone Since Japan’s decision at the beginning of July to place national security restrictions on three chemical components critical for the production of semiconductors and display screens much of the focus has been on the South Korea’s dependence on Japan for certain critical technologies. But South Korea’s petroleum supplies also have significant exposure…

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Region: Asia

September 16, 2019

By Troy Stangarone While most players from South Korea come to the majors after having first played professionally in South Korea or Japan, some such as Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers come to the United States as amateur free agents. With minor league baseball’s regular season concluded, here is a look at some of…

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September 9, 2019