South Korea has long enjoyed a robust civil society that encourages citizen participation in civic groups and social movements. Though it may not effect much change at the policy level, social activism related to the U.S.-ROK alliance provides valuable insight into domestic opinions. In this Working Paper, Andrew Yeo examines how these opinions shape the future partnership of the United States and South Korea.
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Although public trust in nuclear safety has faltered in South Korea, it can recover. Nuclear power expansion is likely to continue under President Park Geun-hye, though it is uncertain whether Park will be as eager as her predecessor to embrace green growth as a justification for it.
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Jae-Ho Chung of Seoul National University discusses the new Park Geun-hye administration's security challenges and limited policy options.
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Park Ihn-hwi of Ewha Woman's University discusses the new Park Geun-hye administration's likely foreign policy, domestic challenges to her initiatives, and implications for the U.S.-ROK alliance.
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South Korea's vice minister of foreign affairs and trade explains the need for an increasing role of middle powers in global governance and South Korea's role in the G20.
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While they acknowledge the importance of building and maintaining positive relations with China, South Koreans feel apprehensive about China's growing influence.
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Based on the premise that economic development and environmental protection can be complementary goals, the Global Green Growth Initiative provides technical and policy advice to developing countries. The program faces many challenges, but if successful, it may revolutionize the field of development.
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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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There are high entry costs for South Korea to pursue space activity, but it will provide important contributions to national security and offer benefits that come with the associated prestige.
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L. Gordon Flake, executive director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, analyzes the upcoming 2012 South Korean presidential election and its implications for U.S.-ROK relations.
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Ralph A. Cossa discusses South Korea's cancellation of the General Security of Military Information Agreement and its plan to pursue a military Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement with Japan.
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South Korea is on track to set a double precedent: creating the first nationwide greenhouse gas emission trading scheme in a developing country and being the first in Asia. To be successful, however, the scheme will have to overcome political and private-sector hurdles.
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President of the Institute of Foreign Policy and National Security at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy Choi Kang analyzes changing dynamics in East Asia and U.S. policy toward the region.
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Woo Jung-yeop of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies analyzes the results of the April 11 Republic of Korea national assembly elections, explaining their implications for the December South Korean presidential elections and the country's future policy direction.
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Ma Sang-yoon of the Catholic University of Korea discusses the April 11 Republic of Korea national assembly elections, explains their relationship to the December South Korean presidential elections, and highlights issues relevant to the future of U.S.-ROK relations.
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In addition to hosting the successful 2012 Nuclear Security Summit, South Korea is pursuing several nuclear-related national interests not directly associated with the conference.
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The United States and Republic of Korea should build on their nascent cooperation in international development to advance a host of common interests.
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Development specialist Sohn Hyuk-sang analyzes the Busan-High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, arguing for a new future for poverty reduction.
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As the leaders of eighteen countries gather in Bali, Indonesia, this week for the East Asia Summit, Korea University professor Lee Shin-wha argues that there is a deep disconnect between East Asian summitry and Northeast Asian security needs that is likely to remain.
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Despite public support, South Korea's National Assembly has not yet ratified its free trade agreement with the United States.
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