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Troy Stangarone

Troy Stangarone

Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI).

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
January 07, 2022

North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger

By Troy Stangarone
Dismal trade figures for 2021 attest to the toll the North’s border closures are taking on its food supply.

November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.
November 12, 2021

What Did South Korea Promise at COP26?

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea is among the world’s most carbon intense economies. What changes is Seoul willing to make?

November 03, 2021

South Korea’s Stake in the EU-US Talks on Steel

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea has significant interests in the outcome of EU-U.S. discussions on limiting excess production and the carbon intensity of steel.

October 14, 2021

Netflix’s Bet on Korean Content Pays off With ‘Squid Game’

By Troy Stangarone
The streaming giant’s investment in Korean content has not only helped grow its subscriber base in South Korea, but also created global hits.

September 04, 2021

South Korea Moves Closer to Launching Its First Lunar Orbiter

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea is on pace to launch the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) next year, part of its expanding space program.
August 13, 2021

South Korea’s Ambition to Become a Global Vaccine Hub

By Troy Stangarone
The country is looking to ramp up vaccine production – for COVID-19 and beyond.

July 03, 2021

South Korea Tightens Regulations on Cryptocurrencies

By Troy Stangarone
Concerned about the potential for financial crimes, Seoul is tightening rules. Critics say it could force cryptocurrencies out of the market altogether.

June 10, 2021

After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?

By Troy Stangarone
The Seoul Central District Court ruling might help lower temperatures, but a political solution is needed to improve South Korea’s relations with Japan.

May 13, 2021

Cybersecurity Should Be a Priority for the Moon-Biden Summit

By Troy Stangarone
Cyber risks will only continue to grow as more of our daily lives become digital and interconnected.

April 12, 2021

Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.

By Troy Stangarone
With its borders still locked down, North Korea isn’t benefiting from China’s return to growth. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Has Widened South Korea’s Gender Gap

By Troy Stangarone
As in many countries, the pandemic has had an outsized impact on women.

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