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Clint Work

Clint Work received his Master’s from the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations (CIR), where he studied modern U.S.-East Asia relations and South Korean political economy. Following this, he worked in the International Crisis Group’s (ICG) Seoul office. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

His work is broadly focused on South Korea’s foreign and national security policy, political culture, U.S.-Korean relations, and U.S. foreign policy. More specifically, his doctoral research centers on U.S.-Korean relations under President Jimmy Carter and Carter’s abortive withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from South Korea. He has published his work in both academic and popular publications, including The Diplomat, Sino-NKThe Washington Post, Foreign Policy38 North, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics’ “North Korea: Witness to Transformation” page.

Follow him on Twitter: @clintwork1.

What Do North Korean Defectors Think of the Recent Peninsula Diplomacy?
May 19, 2018
What Do North Korean Defectors Think of the Recent Peninsula Diplomacy?
Getting a sense of what an under-represented constituency might think of the North Korean overtures.
What Do North Korean Defectors Think of the Recent Peninsula Diplomacy?
Fissures in the North Korea Peace Process?
May 11, 2018
Fissures in the North Korea Peace Process?
Alongside the diplomacy, Trump has maintained a hard line. Notably, Pyongyang has responded in kind.
Fissures in the North Korea Peace Process?
The Upcoming Trump-Kim Summit and a New Ambassador, Again
May 05, 2018
The Upcoming Trump-Kim Summit and a New Ambassador, Again
Lost amid the diplomatic flurry are clear signs that the Trump administration’s hardline stance has not changed.
The Upcoming Trump-Kim Summit and a New Ambassador, Again
A Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula? Not So Fast
April 21, 2018
A Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula? Not So Fast
This is not the first time the two Koreas have mentioned a formal end to the Korean War. It won't be easy.
A Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula? Not So Fast
Park, Lee and the Plight of Korean Presidents
April 14, 2018
Park, Lee and the Plight of Korean Presidents
Why have all of South Korea's recent leaders been embroiled in corruption scandals?
Park, Lee and the Plight of Korean Presidents
North Korean Denuclearization: One Goal, Different Interpretations
April 06, 2018
North Korean Denuclearization: One Goal, Different Interpretations
Can Seoul thread the needle between Washington's demands and what Pyongyang is willing to accept?
North Korean Denuclearization: One Goal, Different Interpretations
A Season of North Korea Summits: The View from Beijing and Seoul
March 31, 2018
A Season of North Korea Summits: The View from Beijing and Seoul
With a flurry of summits on the schedule, how do China and South Korea view North Korean diplomacy and the U.S. position?
A Season of North Korea Summits: The View from Beijing and Seoul
Don't Forget About the Inter-Korea Summit
March 17, 2018
Don't Forget About the Inter-Korea Summit
Despite all the talk of a Trump-Kim summit, South Korea's Moon Jae-in will meet the North Korean leader first.
Don't Forget About the Inter-Korea Summit
A Trump-Kim Summit: How Did We Get Here, and What's Next?
March 10, 2018
A Trump-Kim Summit: How Did We Get Here, and What's Next?
Real questions remain about the next steps in the North Korean dialogue process.
A Trump-Kim Summit: How Did We Get Here, and What's Next?
What Trump's 'Trade Wars Are Good' Approach Means for South Korea
March 03, 2018
What Trump's 'Trade Wars Are Good' Approach Means for South Korea
U.S. pressure on Seoul over trade issues undercuts the need for cooperation on North Korea policy.
What Trump's 'Trade Wars Are Good' Approach Means for South Korea
South Korea’s Domestic Political Divide on North Korea
February 16, 2018
South Korea’s Domestic Political Divide on North Korea
South Korea's liberals and conservatives have drastically different interpretations of North Korea's Olympic outreach.
South Korea’s Domestic Political Divide on North Korea
Still No US Ambassador in South Korea
February 10, 2018
Still No US Ambassador in South Korea
With Victor Cha's nomination scrapped, Washington is no closer to filling a crucial position in its ally's capital.
Still No US Ambassador in South Korea
What Do Younger South Koreans Think of North Korea?
February 02, 2018
What Do Younger South Koreans Think of North Korea?
Moon's administration seems to have overestimated the young generation's appetite for outreach to North Korea.
What Do Younger South Koreans Think of North Korea?
What Experts Think of the Inter-Korea Talks
January 20, 2018
What Experts Think of the Inter-Korea Talks
Four long-time Korea watchers discuss what led to talks between North and South Korea, and what comes next.
What Experts Think of the Inter-Korea Talks
North Korea's Olive Branch, South Korea's Dilemma
January 05, 2018
North Korea's Olive Branch, South Korea's Dilemma
How can the Moon administration respond to Kim Jong-un's outreach without alienating the United States?
North Korea's Olive Branch, South Korea's Dilemma
North Korea: New Sanctions, Same Old Story
December 29, 2017
North Korea: New Sanctions, Same Old Story
Another North Korean missile test, another round of UN sanctions.
North Korea: New Sanctions, Same Old Story
Trump Finally Taps Ambassador to South Korea
December 16, 2017
Trump Finally Taps Ambassador to South Korea
Despite sky-rocketing tensions on the peninsula, the United States doesn't have an ambassador in Seoul.
Trump Finally Taps Ambassador to South Korea
Taboo No More? Abortion in South Korea
December 09, 2017
Taboo No More? Abortion in South Korea
Responding to a public petition, the Moon administration will take a close look at the current abortion ban.
Taboo No More? Abortion in South Korea
North Korea's Latest Missile Test and South Korea's Response
December 02, 2017
North Korea's Latest Missile Test and South Korea's Response
A look at the implications for the U.S.-South Korea alliance, and for Seoul itself.
North Korea's Latest Missile Test and South Korea's Response
South Korea and China Make Amends. What Now?
November 18, 2017
South Korea and China Make Amends. What Now?
Shortly after Trump came to South Korea, President Moon met with China's top leaders, solidifying a thaw in relations.
South Korea and China Make Amends. What Now?
The View From Seoul: Trump’s Visit and the 'Illusion of Achievement'
November 10, 2017
The View From Seoul: Trump’s Visit and the 'Illusion of Achievement'
Beneath the positive headlines, Trump's visit reinforced South Korea's U.S. dilemma.
The View From Seoul: Trump’s Visit and the 'Illusion of Achievement'
US, South Korean Defense Chiefs Meet Ahead of Trump Visit
November 01, 2017
US, South Korean Defense Chiefs Meet Ahead of Trump Visit
Main takeaways from the 49th Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) and 42nd Military Committee Meeting (MCM).
US, South Korean Defense Chiefs Meet Ahead of Trump Visit
The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
November 01, 2017
The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
President Moon has once again raised the issue of transferring OPCON to South Korea. What would that actually look like?
The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
Is Myanmar Serious About Enforcing Sanctions on North Korea?
October 27, 2017
Is Myanmar Serious About Enforcing Sanctions on North Korea?
Is this a real shift in North Korea-Myanmar relations, or just political expediency?
Is Myanmar Serious About Enforcing Sanctions on North Korea?
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