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Robert E. Kelly

Robert E. Kelly

Dr. Robert E. Kelly is an associate professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University in South Korea. His research interests focus on security in northeast Asia, US foreign policy, and the international financial institutions. He has written for outlets including Foreign Affairs, the European Journal of International Relations, and the Economist, and he has spoken on television news services including BBC and CCTV. His personal website/blog is here; his Twitter page is here.

South Korea's Most Bizarre Corruption Scandal Yet
November 04, 2016
South Korea's Most Bizarre Corruption Scandal Yet
The South Korean presidential scandal is unique for its sheer weirdness.
South Korea's Most Bizarre Corruption Scandal Yet
South Korea’s Nuclear Temptation
March 01, 2016
South Korea’s Nuclear Temptation
Should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapons capability?
South Korea’s Nuclear Temptation
Why an Iran Deal for North Korea Won’t Happen
August 04, 2015
Why an Iran Deal for North Korea Won’t Happen
Tempting though the prospect might be, it is highly unlikely.
Why an Iran Deal for North Korea Won’t Happen
South Korea’s THAAD Decision
April 13, 2015
South Korea’s THAAD Decision
Seoul is coming under pressure from all sides on the question of missile defense.
South Korea’s THAAD Decision
Will South Korea Have to Bomb the North, Eventually?
March 06, 2015
Will South Korea Have to Bomb the North, Eventually?
As North Korea expands its nuclear arsenal, will Seoul have to consider targeting missile sites at some point?
Will South Korea Have to Bomb the North, Eventually?
The Koreas, Diplomacy, and Regional Autonomy
February 27, 2015
The Koreas, Diplomacy, and Regional Autonomy
The days of Korea as the geopolitical football of the region are long gone.
The Koreas, Diplomacy, and Regional Autonomy
2014 in Review: Top 5 Events for U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia
December 04, 2014
2014 in Review: Top 5 Events for U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia
A look at some of the biggest issues confronting U.S. diplomats over the course of the year.
2014 in Review: Top 5 Events for U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia
Will Islamic State Cripple the Pivot?
November 13, 2014
Will Islamic State Cripple the Pivot?
America’s inability to stop fighting in the Middle East has serious implications for its Asia policy.
Will Islamic State Cripple the Pivot?
Russia: Between Empire and Modernity
October 09, 2014
Russia: Between Empire and Modernity
As it bullies its neighbors, Russia seems to have chosen a short-sighted approach to power.
Russia: Between Empire and Modernity
Is There an Obama Doctrine?
September 22, 2014
Is There an Obama Doctrine?
In year 6 of his presidency, does Barack Obama have a foreign policy doctrine?
Is There an Obama Doctrine?
Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?
August 07, 2014
Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?
It may dominate the region, but would Chinese hegemony be something more than despotism?
Can China Legitimate Its Would-Be Hegemony in Asia?
Uber and Classic Asian Mercantilism
July 25, 2014
Uber and Classic Asian Mercantilism
Seoul’s decision to ban a popular app is the latest of many examples of mercantilist policies in Asia.
Uber and Classic Asian Mercantilism
The Complex China-South Korea Relationship
June 18, 2014
The Complex China-South Korea Relationship
An upcoming visit by Xi Jinping to South Korea will likely leave much unsaid.
The Complex China-South Korea Relationship
No, Crimea Is Not a “Model” for Aggression in Asia
May 08, 2014
No, Crimea Is Not a “Model” for Aggression in Asia
There is little evidence that China (or anyone else) views Russian aggression as a model for action in Asia.
No, Crimea Is Not a “Model” for Aggression in Asia
Unintended Consequences of US Alliances in Asia
April 07, 2014
Unintended Consequences of US Alliances in Asia
The benefits of US alliances in Asia are often touted, but what about the costs?
Unintended Consequences of US Alliances in Asia
Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan
March 13, 2014
Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan
Another perspective on the troubled relations of the East Asian neighbors.
Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan
What Would Chinese Hegemony Look Like?
February 10, 2014
What Would Chinese Hegemony Look Like?
It is certainly not inevitable, but what form would a Sinic Monroe Doctrine take?
What Would Chinese Hegemony Look Like?
Northeast Asia: Top 5 Security Stories of 2013
January 02, 2014
Northeast Asia: Top 5 Security Stories of 2013
A look back at the stories most likely to have implications going forward in 2014.
Northeast Asia: Top 5 Security Stories of 2013
US-Japan Alliance Sparks Korean Grand Strategy Debate
December 11, 2013
US-Japan Alliance Sparks Korean Grand Strategy Debate
Korea’s issues with Japan are much more deep-seated than U.S. policymakers seem to understand.
US-Japan Alliance Sparks Korean Grand Strategy Debate
US Power Can Withstand Some Dysfunction
November 07, 2013
US Power Can Withstand Some Dysfunction
America has some substantial advantages over its nearest rivals, which won’t quickly be eroded by Washington dysfunction.
US Power Can Withstand Some Dysfunction
Syria and the Capping of Executive War Powers
October 07, 2013
Syria and the Capping of Executive War Powers
Syria may have been a bridge too far for untrammeled executive war powers. That’s good for democracy.
Syria and the Capping of Executive War Powers
Why the West Should Relax About China
September 06, 2013
Why the West Should Relax About China
Air-Sea Battle and the pivot seem an overreaction to China’s rise, given the number of challenges Beijing already faces.
Why the West Should Relax About China
South Korea: Who Should Have Wartime Command?
August 12, 2013
South Korea: Who Should Have Wartime Command?
The saga over U.S. OPCON – wartime control of the South Korean military – continues.
South Korea: Who Should Have Wartime Command?
Will These Youth Protests Spread to Asia’s Corrupted Democracies?
June 30, 2013
Will These Youth Protests Spread to Asia’s Corrupted Democracies?
Several have many of the same hallmarks as those that have recently experienced unrest.
Will These Youth Protests Spread to Asia’s Corrupted Democracies?
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