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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.

Posts by Robert E. Kelly
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June 18, 2014

The Complex China-South Korea Relationship

By Robert E. Kelly
An upcoming visit by Xi Jinping to South Korea will likely leave much unsaid.
May 08, 2014

No, Crimea Is Not a “Model” for Aggression in Asia

By Robert E. Kelly
There is little evidence that China (or anyone else) views Russian aggression as a model for action in Asia.

April 07, 2014

Unintended Consequences of US Alliances in Asia

By Robert E. Kelly
The benefits of US alliances in Asia are often touted, but what about the costs?

March 13, 2014

Three Hypotheses on Korea’s Intense Resentment of Japan

By Robert E. Kelly
Another perspective on the troubled relations of the East Asian neighbors.

February 10, 2014

What Would Chinese Hegemony Look Like?

By Robert E. Kelly
It is certainly not inevitable, but what form would a Sinic Monroe Doctrine take?
January 02, 2014

Northeast Asia: Top 5 Security Stories of 2013

By Robert E. Kelly
A look back at the stories most likely to have implications going forward in 2014.

December 11, 2013

US-Japan Alliance Sparks Korean Grand Strategy Debate

By Robert E. Kelly
Korea’s issues with Japan are much more deep-seated than U.S. policymakers seem to understand.
November 07, 2013

US Power Can Withstand Some Dysfunction

By Robert E. Kelly
America has some substantial advantages over its nearest rivals, which won’t quickly be eroded by Washington dysfunction.

October 07, 2013

Syria and the Capping of Executive War Powers

By Robert E. Kelly
Syria may have been a bridge too far for untrammeled executive war powers. That’s good for democracy.

September 06, 2013

Why the West Should Relax About China

By Robert E. Kelly
Air-Sea Battle and the pivot seem an overreaction to China’s rise, given the number of challenges Beijing already faces.

August 12, 2013

South Korea: Who Should Have Wartime Command?

By Robert E. Kelly
The saga over U.S. OPCON – wartime control of the South Korean military – continues.
June 30, 2013

Will These Youth Protests Spread to Asia’s Corrupted Democracies?

By Robert E. Kelly
Several have many of the same hallmarks as those that have recently experienced unrest.

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