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Trump Reveals What Many Already Suspected About His Korea Policy
April 28, 2021

Trump Reveals What Many Already Suspected About His Korea Policy

By Kyle Ferrier
A statement from the former president is a stark reminder of his transactional approach to both Koreas.
South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy
April 05, 2021

South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy

By Mitch Shin
South Korea’s foreign minister traveled to China while the country’s national security chief attended a meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts in Washington.

The South Korea-US 2+2 Talks: Who Came Out Ahead?
March 22, 2021

The South Korea-US 2+2 Talks: Who Came Out Ahead?

By Sukjoon Yoon
While the two sides were careful to avoid open disagreement, there are clear areas of tensions, from approaches to China and North Korea to alliance issues involving Japan.

What Biden Should Consider When Picking the New US Ambassador to South Korea 
March 19, 2021

What Biden Should Consider When Picking the New US Ambassador to South Korea 

By Jason Bartlett
Washington needs to build up the alliance as a partnership involving mutually beneficial and equally important military, economic, social, and cultural aspects. 

US Secretaries of State and Defense Hold Talks in South Korea 
March 18, 2021

US Secretaries of State and Defense Hold Talks in South Korea 

By Mitch Shin
After a joint two-day visit to Japan, the new officials headed to South Korea amid North Korea’s blunt criticism toward Washington. 
North Korea Warns US Not to ‘Cause a Stink’ Before Seoul Meeting
March 16, 2021

North Korea Warns US Not to ‘Cause a Stink’ Before Seoul Meeting

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Yo Jong issued a warning statement ahead of a U.S.-South Korea 2+2, in Pyongyang’s first direct comment to the Biden administration.

Biden Takes the Right First Steps With South Korea, But a Long Road Lies Ahead
March 12, 2021

Biden Takes the Right First Steps With South Korea, But a Long Road Lies Ahead

By Kyle Ferrier
The Biden administration is moving to repair damage done, but new challenges still need to be faced.
South Korea and US Reach Agreement on Defense Cost Sharing
March 08, 2021

South Korea and US Reach Agreement on Defense Cost Sharing

By Mitch Shin
Seoul and Washington finally agreed on how to split the bill for the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, but have not revealed details. 

Biden Should Embrace South Korea’s Strategic Nondecision on the Quad
March 05, 2021

Biden Should Embrace South Korea’s Strategic Nondecision on the Quad

By James Park
If the U.S. can seek cooperation without pushing South Korea directly into the U.S.-China crossfire, why not take that path? 

South Korea, US Prepare to Conduct Joint Military Exercise 
March 02, 2021

South Korea, US Prepare to Conduct Joint Military Exercise 

By Mitch Shin
Between talks with North Korea and the COVID-19 pandemic, this will reportedly be the third year in a row where exercises are held only via computer simulation.

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?
South Korea Restarts Cost-Sharing Negotiations With Washington 
February 09, 2021

South Korea Restarts Cost-Sharing Negotiations With Washington 

By Mitch Shin
With a new administration in Washington, Seoul welcomed the chance to resume SMA negotiations that have been stalled for nearly a year. 

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