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Council on Foreign Relations Korea Update July-August 2014

July-August 2014

Sour Notes From China on the Asia Rebalance

In June, Scott Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy, visited several cities in China. During his trip, he gained insight into how the Chinese public views the rebalance: as a "construction of threats" designed to make China the enemy in the region. Read the post on Asia Unbound »



Can Beijing and Seoul Become Strategic Partners?

Prior to Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to Seoul earlier this month, Snyder questioned the future and purpose of China-South Korea relations, despite a burgeoning trade relationship between Beijing and Seoul. Read the post on Asia Unbound »

Northeast Asian Security Architecture: Lessons From European History

Although some Asian observers deny that Europe's Cold War experience of building collective security institutions is applicable to Asia, Snyder argues that there are a number of parallels that deserve careful consideration. He outlines several points made by his co-panelists at the Asan Institute-Stockhold International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) conference in Seoul in July. Read the post on Asia Unbound »

Xi’s Visit Signals Disapproval to Pyongyang

Xi Jinping's visit to South Korea in July marked the first time a Chinese leader has visited Seoul before Pyongyang. However, practical coordination between China and South Korea is limited due to political and strategic differences, writes Snyder. Read the article in the Guardian »


Soldier Reflects on South Korea’s Global Peacekeeping Operations

Over the past few years, South Korea has contributed to international security through increased contributions to peacekeeping, antipiracy, postconflict stabilization, and counterproliferation. In a guest post on the blog Asia Unbound, Ban Seok Choi, who served with the South Korean military as part of the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan, shares his view of the challenges facing South Korean peacekeeping efforts. Read the post on Asia Unbound »


North Korea’s Deal With Japan

In late May 2014, Tokyo reopened discussions with Pyongyang over the fate of the Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea decades ago. Pyongyang's willingness to resume the investigation suggests it has evidence to offer, but many Japanese inside and outside of government remain skeptical. CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith discusses the significance of the new agreement. Read the post on Asia Unbound »

Fractured Front on North Korea Jeopardizes Six Party Talks

China has boosted its shuttle diplomacy in the first half of 2014 with the aim of restarting Six Party Talks. Snyder argues, however, that U.S. and South Korean disinterest, coupled with North Korea's recent dialogues with Russia and Japan, reduce the likelihood of resuming talks. Read the op-ed at World Politics Review »


Voice of America (Korean), "NYT: ROK-China Summit is Not Desperate to Solve DPRK Nuclear Problem" (July 12, 2014)

Voice of America (Korean), "U.S. Expert: ROK-China Summit Sends a Strong Warning Message to DPRK" (July 5, 2014)

Yonhap (Korea), "U.S. Experts Claim that China Hasn't Made Any Policy Changes" (July 4, 2014)

Kukmin Ilbo (Korea), "Vice Minister Cho Tae-yong Claims Undermining Kono Statement Will Be Detrimental to Abe Administration's Credibility" (June 24, 2014)

Kukmin Ilbo (Korea), "One-Third of Iraqi Armed Forces Underqualified for Combat" (June 24, 2014)

Yonhap (Korea), "U.S. Expert: Japanese Government's Review Result of the Kono Statement is Childish" (June 23, 2014)

KBS News (Korea), "U.S. Expert: Japanese Government's Review Result of the Kono Statement is Childish" (June 23, 2014)

KBS News (Korea), "Six Party Talks Minus North Korea, the Five Parties Must Be On the Same Page" (June 19, 2014)

Yonhap (Korea), "Six Party Talks Minus North Korea, the Five Parties Must Be On the Same Page" (June 18, 2014)

Seoul Shinmun (Korea), "Korea Chairs Created One After Another…The Boom of Next Generation Experts" (June 17, 2014)

Voice of America, "Russia Forgives North Korean Debt" (June 17, 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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