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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.
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.

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.
South Korea, US Sign Cost-Sharing Deal for American Troops
February 11, 2019

South Korea, US Sign Cost-Sharing Deal for American Troops

By Hyung-Jin Kim
On February 10, chief negotiators from the two countries signed a new cost-sharing plan.

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