December 02, 2022
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As reunification hopes fade, South Koreans favor US alliance more than ever
Analysis

As reunification hopes fade, South Koreans favor US alliance more than ever

Anti-Americanism largely a thing of the past, though both ROK left and right favor indigenous nuclear program

As reunification hopes fade, South Koreans favor US alliance more than ever
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff November 21, 2022
Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together
Analysis

Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together

South Korea and China appeared at odds on North Korea and economic issues at first bilateral summit since pandemic

Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together
James FretwellJames Fretwell November 17, 2022
Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans
Analysis

Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans

New poll finds public lukewarm on idea, despite long-standing support for an indigenous nuclear program

Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff October 20, 2022
South Korea set to lose big if US and Iran can’t agree on new nuclear deal
Analysis

South Korea set to lose big if US and Iran can’t agree on new nuclear deal

Seoul agreed to expand economic relations with Tehran but was thwarted by Trump’s withdrawal from previous agreement

South Korea set to lose big if US and Iran can’t agree on new nuclear deal
James FretwellJames Fretwell September 8, 2022
Israeli envoy: Korea-Israel ties bright but Yoon visit would be ‘transformative’
Analysis

Israeli envoy: Korea-Israel ties bright but Yoon visit would be ‘transformative’

In interview, Ambassador Akiva Tor says South Korea to ratify FTA ‘very soon’ and that he ‘often’ warns of Iran threats

Israeli envoy: Korea-Israel ties bright but Yoon visit would be ‘transformative’
James FretwellJames Fretwell August 5, 2022
NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties
Analysis

NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties

Seoul’s participation reflects emerging threats it shares with Transatlantic alliance, as Beijing watches with suspicion

NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties
John LeeJohn Lee June 28, 2022
Tactical nuclear weapons won’t fix South Korea’s security concerns
Analysis

Tactical nuclear weapons won’t fix South Korea’s security concerns

Deploying such weapons would undercut denuclearization efforts and likely exacerbate arms race on Korean Peninsula

Tactical nuclear weapons won’t fix South Korea’s security concerns
Toby DaltonToby Dalton May 26, 2022
It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself
Analysis

It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself

North Korea’s recent weapons tests dramatically tip the scale in its favor. Seoul cannot be caught flat-footed.

It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself
Chun In-bumChun In-bum May 3, 2022