Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

About the Project

The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, led by Scott A. Snyder, aims to deepen and broaden the foundations for institutionalized cooperation between the United States and South Korea by promoting a comprehensive U.S.-ROK alliance partnership on emerging global, regional, and non-traditional security challenges. Objectives of the program include the establishment of a deeper understanding of South Korea's efforts to contribute on the international stage; its potential influence and contributions as a middle power in East Asia; and the peninsular, regional, and global implications of North Korean instability.

Initially established as the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy at The Asia Foundation in January 2009 with generous support from the Smith Richardson Foundation, the program became a part of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in September 2011. The program is funded with support 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, as well as individual donor Sandor Hau.

The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy publishes a monthly newsletter on important issues in U.S.-Korea relations. Project results and issues of the newsletter prior issued prior to October 2011 are located here.

The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy also has projects planned in several areas.


South Korea

An authoritative look at South Korea's foreign-policy choices in an increasingly uncertain Asia.

South Korea

South Korea

South Korea

North Korea

The world's leading North Korea experts analyze the challenges and prospects the country is facing.

Security Alliances

An exploration of the possibilities for enhanced U.S.-ROK cooperation in both traditional and nontraditional spheres.