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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
June 10, 2022

North Korea’s Belated Effort to Import COVID-19 Medical Supplies

By Troy Stangarone
Pyongyang only ramped up its pandemic-related imports after admitting its first outbreak. Is it too little, too late?

May 16, 2022

South Korea Can Do More in the Battle Against COVID-19

By Troy Stangarone
For all its success at home, South Korea has been less forthcoming with donations during the pandemic.
March 31, 2022

How South Korea Can Wean Itself off Russian Fossil Fuels

By Troy Stangarone
With the prospect of further disruptions from the war to energy supplies, South Korea should take a serious look at its own energy vulnerabilities.

March 15, 2022

Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Turns 10

By Troy Stangarone
Analyzing the impact of KORUS a decade after it came into force.

January 28, 2022

Why Tech Cooperation Will Reshape South Korea-U.S. Relations

By Troy Stangarone
The alliance is slowly changing to incorporate technological changes and challenges, which are crucial for the future of both countries.

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.

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