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Council on Foreign Relations Korea Update June 2014

June 2014

The Future of Six Party Talks

Though South Korean president Park Geun-hye's pessimistic outlook for the future of Six Party Talks may have raised eyebrows in Beijing, China has yet to close the gap between North Korea and the other parties. Scott Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy, writes that Six Party Talks are futile unless they have a chance to achieve their original objective: denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. Read the post on Asia Unbound »



Taking Action on North Korean Human Rights

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights' investigation of North Korea has produced a thorough and accessible report, but other countries have yet to act on its findings. In a guest post on, Roberta Cohen of the Brookings Institution outlines next steps necessary for change. Read the post on Asia Unbound »


South Korea Struggles With the Asian Paradox

South Korea has seen several iterations of tension among its neighbors since the late nineteenth century, but Seoul seeks to overcome these divisions via new trilateral and multilateral cooperation in the post–Cold War era. Snyder explores this history, outlining the identity gaps, domestic politics, and geopolitics that have impeded greater cooperation in Northeast Asia. Read the op-ed at World Politics Review »

Marking China’s Red Line on the Korean Peninsula

Park Geun-hye has been able to strengthen South Korea's relationship with China, in contrast to Beijing's treatment of North Korean president Kim Jong-un. Snyder and See-won Byun of George Washington University examine this trend, and how it might enhance South Korea's leverage in inter-Korean relations. Read the article at Comparative Connections »


South China Morning Post, "Pyongyang Has Deep Pockets for Shark Fin From Hong Kong" (May 26, 2014)

Christian Science Monitor, "Readers Write: A Day Japan and South Korea Can Share; Palestinians' Daily Struggles" (May 19, 2014)

Diplomat, "Why Did North Korea Build Nukes While South Korea Foreswore Them?" (May 10, 2014)


China’s Maritime Disputes, Explained

CFR's new InfoGuide surveys the escalating maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, pairing expert analysis with maps, timelines, infographics, and videos. View the InfoGuide»


The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

The program on U.S.-Korea policy was established at the Council on Foreign Relations in September 2011. It aims to strengthen the U.S.-Korea relationship by providing relevant policy recommendations and promoting dialogue on sensitive bilateral, regional, and global issues facing the two countries. The program acknowledges the generous support it has received from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Korea Foundation, and South Korean private sponsors, including Hyundai Motors, Korea International Trade Association, and the Federation of Korean Industries. It also acknowledges with thanks additional support received from individual donor Sandor Hau.

Scott A. Snyder, Director
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Darcie Draudt, Research Associate


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