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Troy Stangarone

Troy Stangarone

Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). The views expressed here are the author’s alone.

Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). At KEI he focuses on issues pertaining to U.S.-Korea relations, South Korea’s foreign and economic policy, and North Korea. He was a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

In addition to his work at KEI, Mr. Stangarone is a member of the George Mason University |Korea President’s Advisory Board, the International Council of Korean Studies Board, and the Korea-America Student Conference’s National Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.

Posts by Troy Stangarone
March 08, 2024

Even Without Sanctions, South Korea Significantly Reduced Fossil Fuel Imports From Russia

By Troy Stangarone
Seoul did not adopt sanctions on Russian fossil fuels, but it has sharply cut such imports nonetheless. 

December 22, 2023

North Korean Exports Hit Record High Since UN Sanctions Took Full Effect

By Troy Stangarone
North Korea’s exports overwhelmingly go to China – and rely on a single (and surprising) export category.
October 02, 2023

South Korea: America’s Forgotten Ally? 

By Troy Stangarone and Clint Work
South Korea’s reluctance to play a more vocal role often leaves its sizable contributions less noticed than those of other allies.

September 26, 2023

South Korea’s Deepening Ties With Pacific Island States

By Troy Stangarone
In contrast to prior administrations, the Yoon administration has worked to integrate the region into its broader foreign policy strategy at the bilateral, trilateral, and regional level. 

August 23, 2023

Camp David Marked a ‘New Era’ in Japan-Korea-US Relations. Can It Endure?

By Troy Stangarone
Long-term institutionalization of trilateral cooperation can only truly take root after it has survived political transitions in the United States, South Korea, and Japan.

June 03, 2023

China’s Ban of Micron Puts South Korea in the Worst of Both Worlds

By Troy Stangarone
South Korean firms are China’s main alternatives to Micron, dragging Seoul farther into the China-U.S. semiconductor dispute.
April 07, 2023

5 Challenges for the US-South Korea Alliance

By Troy Stangarone
The next decade may present the U.S.-Korea alliance -- which soon marks 70 years -- with more profound changes than any prior decade. 

March 15, 2023

How to Enhance South Korea’s Support for Ukraine

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea is under increasing pressure to move from humanitarian aid to providing arms directly to Ukraine. 

January 26, 2023

North Korea Mines New Revenue Sources in Its Trade With China

By Troy Stangarone
The latest data shows Pyongyang is continuing to adapt to U.N. sanctions, while trade is beginning to rebound from pandemic lows.

November 29, 2022

The Implications of FTX’s Collapse for North Korea

By Troy Stangarone
For a regime that has become dependent on crypto to avoid sanctions and steal hard currency, FTX’s collapse couldn’t be more ill-timed.

October 31, 2022

The Need for Deepening US-Korea-EU Economic Cooperation

By Troy Stangarone
The same challenges generating the need for cross-regional security cooperation are also creating a need for cooperation on issue related to energy and technology.
September 20, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act Roils South Korea-US Relations

By Troy Stangarone
The EV provisions of the IRA are seen by South Korea as both a violation of trade rules and contrary to the deepening economic partnership between the two countries.

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