Since the 1990’s South Korea has aimed to strengthen ties with Central Asia and has positioned itself as one of the main Asian partners of the region across emerging markets, especially focusing on Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. While Central Asia is rich with resources that would strengthen Korea’s economy, decades of economic instability in the region have posed challenges in creating strong economic ties. Furthermore, the global economic crisis may further impact Korea’s engagement with Central Asia. What are the opportunities, challenges, and future prospects of the relationship between Korea and the Central Asia region?
Korea has emerged as a strategic and development partner of Southeast Asia. At the same time, the US has been actively engaging Southeast Asia with its “Pivot” to Asia. Is there a convergence of the triangular relationship between Korea, Southeast Asia and the US? The Korea Compass series will explore Korea and U.S. policy towards Southeast Asia and the intersection between US-ROK relations, US-Southeast Asia relations, and ROK-Southeast Asia relations.
In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, KEI hosted the second program of its Korea Compass series to look at the booming relationship between Korea and Latin America, and the potential for Korea-U.S. partnership in the region.
October 26, 2011
Juan Felipe Lopez Aymes, Mauricio Mesquita Moreira, Principal Economist, El Colegio de México, José Raúl Perales, Americas
Kicking off the Korea Compass series, the seminar entitled “The Korean Approach in Africa: Sustainable Development through Public Private Partnership” will explore Korea’s development projects and challenges faced in Africa.