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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-NK, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics’ “North Korea: Witness to Transformation” page.

Follow him on Twitter: @clintwork1.

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?
New Realities, Old Fears: Escalation on the Korean Peninsula
January 28, 2016
New Realities, Old Fears: Escalation on the Korean Peninsula
When tensions rise, history illuminates U.S. and ROK fears of entrapment and abandonment.
New Realities, Old Fears: Escalation on the Korean Peninsula
Moral Hazard and the US-ROK Alliance
November 10, 2015
Moral Hazard and the US-ROK Alliance
As long as South Korea is embedded in America’s great power vision, certain issues will remain.
Moral Hazard and the US-ROK Alliance
Park Geun-hye’s Visit and the US-ROK Alliance
October 26, 2015
Park Geun-hye’s Visit and the US-ROK Alliance
Where does the alliance stand after the South Korean president’s recent visit?
Park Geun-hye’s Visit and the US-ROK Alliance
Korea and the New Regional Paradigm
April 24, 2015
Korea and the New Regional Paradigm
South Korea is at center stage of an emerging new paradigm in Northeast Asia.
Korea and the New Regional Paradigm
South Korea: Dependence in the Age of OPCON
July 09, 2014
South Korea: Dependence in the Age of OPCON
The transfer of wartime operational control is part of larger questions about the US-ROK alliance.
South Korea: Dependence in the Age of OPCON
North Korea & Human Rights: Tolerating the Intolerable
March 26, 2014
North Korea & Human Rights: Tolerating the Intolerable
With all its provocations and abuses, there is still only one realistic option for dealing with North Korea.
North Korea & Human Rights: Tolerating the Intolerable
East Asia’s Discourse Problem
March 07, 2014
East Asia’s Discourse Problem
The An Jung-geun memorial spat shows the problem of employing colonial monikers in a democratic age.
East Asia’s Discourse Problem
Cold War Structures and Tectonic Shifts
February 12, 2014
Cold War Structures and Tectonic Shifts
Longstanding U.S. commitments to East Asia complicate an already complex region.
Cold War Structures and Tectonic Shifts
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