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South Korea's Policy Options in Asia

Summary of a Webinar Hosted by the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy

Published Dec 15, 2022

by Erik Mobrand

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With a new president in Seoul, Yoon Suk-yeol, and quickly changing conditions in the region, South Korea faces uncertainty over the roles it might play in Asia. Although South Korea has become increasingly tied to South and Southeast Asia through economic and social interactions, there are multiple visions of the country's place in the region. The alliance with the United States — which is undergoing reimagination — informs some of these visions. Navigating this landscape is a challenge for Seoul. The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy's "South Korea's Policy Options in Asia" webinar in October 2022 examined the strategies and policies available to South Korea.

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This online seminar was sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles. This research was conducted in the Social and Behavioral Policy Program within RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

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