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Special Measures Agreement (SMA)

Amid COVID-19, the US Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Host Nation Support Talks
June 12, 2020

Amid COVID-19, the US Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Host Nation Support Talks

By Jeffrey W. Hornung
Pushing for vastly increased contributions when Japan and South face looming recessions amid an ongoing pandemic will not serve U.S. interests.

The US and South Korea Need a Stopgap SMA
April 01, 2020

The US and South Korea Need a Stopgap SMA

By Troy Stangarone
The ongoing nature of the coronavirus crisis merits a rethink to both countries' approaches to the SMA talks.
US-Korea Alliance Diplomacy in the Shadow of COVID-19
March 28, 2020

US-Korea Alliance Diplomacy in the Shadow of COVID-19

By Clint Work
COVID-19 has disrupted or complicated already contentious cost-sharing talks in more ways than one. 

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.

Threat of Furloughs Looms Over Continuing US-Korea Burden-Sharing Talks
January 30, 2020

Threat of Furloughs Looms Over Continuing US-Korea Burden-Sharing Talks

By Jenna Gibson
If Washington and Seoul can’t narrow the gap on their cost-sharing talks thousands of Koreans could start missing paychecks.

US Interests Are Not Served by Making a Scapegoat of South Korea
January 29, 2020

US Interests Are Not Served by Making a Scapegoat of South Korea

By Sukjoon Yoon
The U.S.-South Korea SMA negotiations have devolved into a blatant shakedown. That's bad for both sides.

The Tough Road Ahead for US-Japan Host Nation Support Negotiations
January 23, 2020

The Tough Road Ahead for US-Japan Host Nation Support Negotiations

By Yuki Tatsumi
With election season looming in the U.S., the question of Japan's financial contribution to the alliance could become politically fraught.
How Much Is the US-South Korea Alliance Worth?
December 12, 2019

How Much Is the US-South Korea Alliance Worth?

By Kyle Ferrier
If the Trump administration is going to insist on putting a dollar value on the costs of the alliance, it should also consider the gains in monetary terms.

More Money? More Problems for the US-South Korea Burden-Sharing Talks
August 01, 2019

More Money? More Problems for the US-South Korea Burden-Sharing Talks

By Kyle Ferrier
Reports that the U.S. will seek $5 billion annually from South Korea signal trouble ahead in the alliance.

The US-South Korea Military Cost-Sharing Agreement Has Expired. Now What?
January 04, 2019

The US-South Korea Military Cost-Sharing Agreement Has Expired. Now What?

By Kyle Ferrier
Trump’s cost-focused approach is taking its toll on the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

USAG Humphreys: The Story Behind America’s Biggest Overseas Base
November 06, 2017

USAG Humphreys: The Story Behind America’s Biggest Overseas Base

By Jon Letman
As Trump visits, the new U.S. mega-base south of Seoul is almost complete.
The Future of US-ROK Defense Cost Sharing
January 21, 2017

The Future of US-ROK Defense Cost Sharing

By Charles Lee
What will happen if Trump makes good on his promise to push U.S. allies for more money?

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