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South Korea: United Nations Command, the Bête Noire of Alliance Management
February 12, 2021

South Korea: United Nations Command, the Bête Noire of Alliance Management

By Anthony W. Holmes
The UNC is the target of deep distrust and sometimes paranoia in South Korea. Why?

Beyond North Korea: Fractures in the US-South Korea Alliance
February 11, 2020

Beyond North Korea: Fractures in the US-South Korea Alliance

By Clint Work
Tracing near-term, structural, and strategic divergences in the alliance.
US, South Korean Defense Chiefs Meet Ahead of Trump Visit
November 01, 2017

US, South Korean Defense Chiefs Meet Ahead of Trump Visit

By Clint Work
Main takeaways from the 49th Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) and 42nd Military Committee Meeting (MCM).

The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
November 01, 2017

The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate

By Clint Work
President Moon has once again raised the issue of transferring OPCON to South Korea. What would that actually look like?

Moral Hazard and the US-ROK Alliance
November 10, 2015

Moral Hazard and the US-ROK Alliance

By Daniel A. Pinkston and Clint Work
As long as South Korea is embedded in America’s great power vision, certain issues will remain.

Korea and the New Regional Paradigm
April 24, 2015

Korea and the New Regional Paradigm

By Clint Work
South Korea is at center stage of an emerging new paradigm in Northeast Asia.

2014 in Review: Top 5 Events for U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia
December 04, 2014

2014 in Review: Top 5 Events for U.S. Foreign Policy in Asia

By Robert E. Kelly
A look at some of the biggest issues confronting U.S. diplomats over the course of the year.
South Korean Politics Drive OPCON Transfer
October 28, 2014

South Korean Politics Drive OPCON Transfer

By Steven Denney
The issue of operational control in South Korea has long been held prisoner to fickle domestic politics.

South Korea: Who Should Have Wartime Command?
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.

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