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Park Geun-hye’s “Correct View of History” With Japan

South Korean president Park Geun-hye's August 15 Independence Day speech on the relationship with Japan did not break new ground, although she did acknowledge the need to "start making progress toward future-oriented friendly, cooperative relations." In this post on Asia Unbound, Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy, points out some signs that may set the stage for reconciliation. Read the post on Asia Unbound »

Unresolved Histories Strain Seoul-Tokyo Relations

Despite widespread recognition that divergent views of controversial historical issues negatively affect the Japan-Korea relationship, only small public steps have been taken to address them. In a presentation at a trilateral conference in Washington, DC, Snyder suggests that a focus on self-reflection, coupled with concrete action, could help to improve bilateral ties. Watch the conference at the Heritage Foundation website »


Sewol Controversy and Parliamentary Deadlock

The April 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry has led to increasing protests over the government's handling of the situation. Meanwhile, the nineteenth National Assembly is subject to a new law that has resulted in deadlock along party lines in the absence of compromise. CFR Research Associate Darcie Draudt discusses the ramifications of the new rule, which have been compounded by the politicized Sewol controversy. Read the post on Asia Unbound »


Yonhap (Korea), "American Analyst: Korea Needs to Stop Its Political Strife and Take Lessons From Katrina" (August 30, 2014)

Radio Free Asia (Korea), "America Should Actively Lead for the Korean Peninsula " (August 20, 2014)

Maclean's, "The Mysterious Case of Two Canadians Detained in China" (August 6, 2014)


CFR is seeking applicants for four 2015–2016 Fellowship Programs

October 31 Application Deadline:

International Affairs Fellowship (IAF)

IAF in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.

December 15 Application Deadline:

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship

January 16 Application Deadline:

IAF in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation

Program details, eligibility requirements, and application instructions can be found online at


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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