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Public Forum Explores U.S.-ROK-China Relations

With a strong U.S. alliance and hesitant but warming relations with China, South Korea may be positioned to connect its main security ally to its largest economic partner. Scott A. Snyder, CFR senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy, will join distinguished academic and think tank leaders to discuss political and economic opportunities for trilateral U.S.-ROK-China relations at this public forum in Seoul, South Korea, on October 8, 2014. To learn more or to register, please visit »

Out of the Spotlight, the Asia-Pacific Rebalance Continues

The Council on Foreign Relations hosted Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work on September 30. His message on the rebalance, writes Janine Davidson, CFR senior fellow for defense policy, is clear: "The strategy is on course and on speed and will remain so despite continued security challenges and a high operational tempo in the Middle East." Read the post on Defense in Depth »


Breaking the Impasse in U.S.-ROK Nuclear Cooperation Negotiations

The United States and South Korea have reached an impasse in bilateral talks on nuclear cooperation. In this CFR Policy Innovation Memorandum, Snyder argues that Washington should extend the current agreement. He also recommends a follow-on agreement contingent on the results of an ongoing study, which analyzes the proliferation risks of South Korea's reprocessing of U.S.-origin nuclear fuels. Read the Policy Innovation Memorandum on »

Mayor Park Won-soon on the Future of Seoul

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon spoke at a CFR Korea Program roundtable on the future of Seoul on September 24, 2014. He outlined the city's role as a regional partner, including its outreach to North Korea and other neighbors. Some Korea-watchers have interpreted Park's foreign policy–oriented speech as a signal of his interest in pursuing a future presidential campaign. Listen to the remarks on Asia Unbound »


The U.S.-DPRK Hostage Stalemate

On September 14, North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years of hard labor. Earlier this month, CNN interviewed Miller and two other American detainees, drawing greater public attention to their plight. However, the media spotlight may reflect a potentially dangerous miscalculation. Snyder discusses the implications of an unlikely intervention by the Obama administration in this hostage case. Read the post on Asia Unbound »


Yonhap (Korea), "Current U.S.-ROK Agreement for Nuclear Cooperation Should Be Extended to 2021, Argues U.S. Expert" (September 23, 2014)

Yonhap (Korea), "North Korea's Struggle for Amnesty: DPRK Hopes for Visit by Former President" (September 18, 2014)



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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