Ted Galen Carpenter, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Mar 05, 2018
South Korea may discover the inherent, potentially tragic, drawback of relying on the security protection that a distant great power provides. Crucial decisions about the ROK’s future will be made in Washington, not Seoul.
Xianbo Wu, MA Candidate, New York University
Nov 29, 2017
China and South Korea agreed to normalize bilateral relations at the end of last month, officially ending the THAAD dispute. While Beijing’s economic coercion based on nationalism in the THAAD standoff seems worrying from the standpoint of a foreign observer, this is an isolated event and is unlikely to be repeated often.
Richard Weitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Sep 27, 2017
Beijing and Washington do not want Iran or North Korea to possess nuclear weapons, test ballistic missiles, or engage in WMD proliferation. Despite their overlapping positions, the differences between the Trump and Xi administrations regarding these issues have been growing. Confidence-building and stability-enhancing measures could narrow these differences.
Olivia Enos, Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation
Jun 29, 2017
Rather than serving as a pretext for engagement, Warmbier’s return to the U.S. and subsequent death is yet another nail in the coffin for already imperiled U.S.-North Korea relations. Warmbier’s passing merits a strong response from the U.S. government, but will also likely require a coordinated response from other regional actors, including China and South Korea. Two significant events, the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue (D&SD) between the U.S. and China, and the upcoming summit between President Trump and newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in may be defining moments for developing a more coordinated regional strategy to address North Korea.
Yue Li, Senior Fellow, Pangoal Institution
Jun 20, 2017
Moon needs practical and operational measurements and outcomes, as well as ambition and determination to tackle the challenges of inter-Korean relations. And yes, there surely are opportunities and advantages for the South Korea to take. But the government has to be very careful to turn them into positive forces, so that a revival of “Sunshine” isn’t weakened to mere “Moonlight” as the pessimists have predicted.
Yoon Young-kwan, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Seoul National University
May 10, 2017
Those who predict that a Moon presidency will disrupt South Korean relations with the U.S. and Japan are surely mistaken.
David A. Parker, Associate Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Apr 11, 2017
The impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye has plunged South Korea into election season. In less than two months, the world’s 11th-largest economy will have a new chief executive. Regardless of who wins the election, addressing the challenges facing the South Korean economy should be a high priority.
Curtis S. Chin, Former U.S. Ambassador to Asian Development Bank
Jose B. Collazo, Southeast Asia Analyst and an Associate at RiverPeak Group
Jan 23, 2017
Enter the Rooster, exit the Monkey. As 2017 begins, Curtis S. Chin and Jose B. Collazo take look at who’s in, and who’s out in Asia—from an outgoing U.S. president and a pivot and partnership that were not to be to a tough-talking leader.