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October 14, 2011

Security Alliances
The State of the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Republic of Korea (ROK) president Lee Myung-bak arrived in Washington this week for a state visit with President Barack Obama. This U.S.-ROK summit meeting comes as the legislatures of both countries…

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November 8, 2011

South Korea
How a Shift in South Korean Attitudes and Electoral Politics May Trip Up the KORUS FTA

The U.S. Congress approved the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) on October 12, 2011, but it remains deadlocked in South Korea's National Assembly. Despite the Lee Myung-bak administration'…

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November 8, 2011

South Korea
ROK Green Growth Quarterly Update

ROK Green Growth: Looking Back on Three Years In a major speech in August 2011, President Lee Myung-bak said, "Our vision of green growth is the first time in our history where a global issue is r…

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April 9, 2012

South Korea
The April 2012 South Korean National Assembly Elections: A Window to South Korea’s Political Future

2012 is a year of elections in the Republic of Korea (ROK). National assembly elections, which occur every four years, and the presidential elections, which occur every five years, will both be held …

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May 2, 2012

South Korea
April 2012 South Korean Parliamentary Elections: Surprise Results and Implications

The ruling Saenuri Party won a surprise majority in South Korea's National Assembly elections last month. This victory went against all expectations. Prior to the election, experts unanimously predic…

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July 23, 2012

Security Alliances
Japan-South Korea Relations: Time to Open Both Eyes

There is an old Russian proverb that applies to current Japan-South Korea (ROK) relations: "Forget the past and lose an eye; dwell on the past and lose both eyes!" The Japanese, it would appear, are …

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September 21, 2012

South Korea
Where the Center Holds: The 2012 Election in Korea and U.S.-ROK Relations

Because the Republic of Korea (ROK) has a single-term, five-year presidency, presidential election cycles in South Korea rarely coincide with those of the United States. But nearly simultaneous elect…

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November 9, 2012

South Korea
South Korea Seeks to Balance Relations with China and the United States

In August 2012, South Korea (the Republic of Korea, or ROK) and China celebrated their twentieth anniversary of diplomatic normalization. During the past two decades, the two states have advanced the…

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March 25, 2013

South Korea
The New South Korean Administration’s Security Challenges: Back to the Future, Again?

With new leaderships in place in China, Japan, and South Korea (ROK), along with the reelection of Barack Obama in the United States, hopes are high in South Korea for better regional cooperation and…

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March 11, 2013

South Korea
The Park Geun-hye Presidency and the Future of the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

New South Korean president Park Geun-hye of the Saenuri Party is the focus of great interest. This curiosity extends to her presidency, as she enters into office with outstanding issues with the Unit…

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