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Scott A. Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Expertise

Politics and foreign policy of South Korea and North Korea; U.S.-Korea relations; Northeast Asian security; and U.S.-Asia relations

Bio

Scott Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he had served as an adjunct fellow from 2008 to 2011. Snyder's program examines South Korea's efforts to contribute on the international stage; its potential influence and contributions as a middle power in East Asia; and the peninsular, regional, and global implications of North Korean instability. Snyder is also the co-editor of North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society (Rowman and Littlefield, October 2012), and the editor of Global Korea: South Korea's Contributions to International Security (Council on Foreign Relations, October 2012) and The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges (Lynne Rienner Publishers, March 2012). He served as the project director for CFR's Independent Task Force on policy toward the Korean Peninsula. He currently writes for the blog, "Asia Unbound."

Prior to joining CFR, Snyder was a senior associate in the international relations program of The Asia Foundation, where he founded and directed the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and served as The Asia Foundation's representative in Korea (2000-2004). He was also a senior associate at Pacific Forum CSIS. Mr. Snyder has worked as an Asia specialist in the research and studies program of the U.S. Institute of Peace and as acting director of Asia Society's contemporary affairs program. He was a Pantech visiting fellow at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center during 2005-06, and received an Abe fellowship, administered by the Social Sciences Research Council, in 1998-99.

Snyder has authored numerous book chapters on aspects of Korean politics and foreign policy and Asian regionalism and is the author of China's Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security (2009), Paved With Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea (co-editor, 2003), and Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior (1999). He has provided advice to NGOs and humanitarian organizations active in North Korea and serves on the advisory council of the National Committee on North Korea and Global Resource Services.

Snyder received a BA from Rice University and an MA from the regional studies East Asia program at Harvard University and was a Thomas G. Watson fellow at Yonsei University in South Korea.

Featured Publications

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Global Korea

Authors: Scott Bruce, John Hemmings, Balbina Y. Hwang, Terence Roehrig, and Scott A. Snyder

South Korea has emerged as a major contributor to international security, participating in a wide range of activities far from the Korean peninsula. CFR scholars outline several steps that will ensure that South Korea can sustain this broadened role.

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China-Korea Relations: Crying Uncle No More: Stark Choices for Relations

Authors: Scott A. Snyder and See-won Byun
Comparative Connections

New strategic challenges that have emerged in recent months influence China's relations with both Koreas into the new year. While regional developments, especially North Korean domestic politics, may lead to a deepening convergence of aims among the United States, South Korea, and China, there remains a stark difference over preferred outcomes. CFR's Scott Snyder and See-won Byun of George Washington University explain the defense and economic developments over the past year and look at prospects for 2014 China-Korea relations.

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China-Korea Relations: Seeking Alignment on North Korean Policy

Authors: Scott A. Snyder and See-won Byun
Comparative Connections

Escalating tensions on the peninsula due to North Korea's recent provocations motivate Presidents Xi Jinping and Park Geun-hye to closely coordinate policies toward the North. However, Beijing's shifty stance on sanctions, an increase in Sino-DPRK economic exchanges, and the obstacles to China-South Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation impede North Korea policy alignment between Beijing and Seoul. Still, the willingness of both leaders to improve bilateral relations offers a silver lining, explain CFR's Scott Snyder and See-won Byun of George Washington University.

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U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

Author: Scott A. Snyder
SERI Quarterly

"The complex evolution of the Obama administration's policy toward North Korea during its first term and the characteristics of President Obama's world view together provide a framework for considering what the administration is likely to do in a second term," says Scott A. Snyder.

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South Korea: A Presidential Election Primer

Author: Scott A. Snyder
cnn.com

On the upcoming South Korean presidential election, Scott A. Snyder says the determining vote will be "South Korea's bulging forties cohort" that played a critical role in South Korea's transition from authoritiarianism to democracy and also has the greatest stake in its economic stability.

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South Korea's Growing Role and Contributions to International Stability

Author: Scott A. Snyder
PacNet

Despite an ongoing threat from North Korea, South Korea has emerged as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods. As a newly elected member of the UN Security Council, South Korea has the opportunity to use these investments as a "middle power" and responsible leader in the international community, says Scott A. Snyder.

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China-Korea Relations: China’s Post-Kim Jong Il Debate

Authors: Scott A. Snyder and See-won Byun
Comparative Connections

Scott A. Snyder and See-won Byun observe that while the twenty-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and South Korea may provide a pretext for more active diplomacy to meet a growing list of potential disputes in the relationship, high-level contacts between China and North Korea have stalled, dampening China's hopes for regional engagement.

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CFR Events

Media Conference Call

Global Korea

Speakers:

Scott A. Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations, Balbina Y. Hwang, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, Terence Roehrig, Professor in National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group, U.S. Naval War College
October 24, 2012

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Conference Call

Global Korea

Speakers:

Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Balbina Y. Hwang, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, Terence Roehrig, Professor of National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group, U.S. Naval War College
October 24, 2012

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Korea Update

Panelists:

Victor D. Cha, D.S. Song-KF Endowed Chair in Government and Asian Studies and Director of Asian Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Author, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future, Michael A. McDevitt, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic Studies, Center for Naval Analyses, CNA; Former Director, East Asia Policy Office, U.S. Department of Defense; Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired), Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; Editor, The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges

Presider:

Calvin Sims, Program Officer, Journalism, Ford Foundation
April 30, 2012 5:30-6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00-7:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Conference Call

DC Meetings Conference Call: After Kim Jong Il: The Future of North Korea

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
December 20, 2011 3:00-3:45 p.m.

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National Program Meeting

National Program Conference Call: After Kim Jong Il: The Future of North Korea

Speaker:

Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
December 20, 2011 3:00-3:45 p.m. - (ET)

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Conference Call

NY Meetings Conference Call: After Kim Jong Il: The Future of North Korea

Speaker:

Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Council on Foreign Relations
December 20, 2011 3:00-3:45 p.m. - Conference Call

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Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with Minister Yu Woo-ik

Speaker:

The Honorable Yu Woo-ik, Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea

Presider:

Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2011

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Academic Conference Call

U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

Speaker:

Scott A. Snyder, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

Presider:

Irina A. Faskianos, Vice President, National Program & Outreach, Council on Foreign Relations
October 13, 2010

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Panelists:

Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard, President, Korea Economic Institute of America; Former Ambassador and Special Envoy for Negotiations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; Co-Chair, Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula, Evans J.R. Revere, Senior Director, Albright Stonebridge Group; Member, Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula, Scott A. Snyder, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Director, Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

Speaker:

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times
June 16, 2010 8:00-8:15 a.m. - Reception
8:15-9:15 a.m. - Meeting

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