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  • South Korean President Moon Jae In attends a meeting with senior advisers at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea on August 24, 2020, photo by Blue House/Handout/Latin America

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    What Does South Korea Herald for the Biden Administration?

    Dec 4, 2020

    South Korea appears to be running on all cylinders to build relations with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, with President Moon Jae-in and his team busy issuing public statements and arranging high-level meetings with key players in the incoming administration. What can the Biden administration expect from South Korea on critical foreign policy issues?

  • South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Seoul, December 04, 2019, photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Pool via Reuters

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    The Geopolitics of South Korea–China Relations

    Nov 18, 2020

    As Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific increases, U.S. allies and partners are adapting their strategic posture. But even as a key U.S. ally, South Korea seems different. How is Beijing’s growing influence in regional affairs affecting relations between South Korea and China? And what effect do they have on U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific?

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  • Dissertation

    Dissertation

    Beyond Rivalry and Camaraderie: Explaining Varying Asian Responses to China

    Assesses the security and economic policy responses of a representative sample of Asian states to China between 1992 and 2008.

    Mar 30, 2011

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Alternative to Futile Negotiations with N.K.

    Clearly, it's time for a new strategy, one that North Korea has been loathe to discuss: hasten Korean unification under South Korea's leadership, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Nov 23, 2010

  • News Release

    News Release

    Claims RAND Advocates War Against China Are False

    Contrary to various online accounts, RAND is not advocating war against China, Korea, or any nation to advance recovery of the U.S. economy. The notion that RAND has generated such an analysis is simply a rumor, with no foundation in fact. We do not know how those who generated the rumor arrived at their conclusion.

    Nov 22, 2010

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Sinking of the Cheonan: Engage or Retaliate?

    North Korea's apparent sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan marks a new low in the North's provocative behavior. While some would prefer to respond with carrots rather than sticks, it is time to take action that imposes political costs on Kim Jong-il, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Jun 30, 2010

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    The Cost Of Reuniting Korea

    Prospects for reuniting South and North Korea may be better than at any time since the demise in 1994 of North Korea's "Great Leader," Kim Il Sung. Several indicators suggest a possible move in this direction, writes Charles Wolf Jr.

    Mar 15, 2010

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Managing Catastrophic North Korea Risks

    In recent years, U.S. commanders of the ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command have been unanimous in stating that CFC could defeat a North Korean invasion. Nevertheless, they have also expressed concern about the catastrophic damage that North Korea could do to the ROK before losing, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Jan 21, 2010

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Getting Value from the U.S.-ROK Summit

    For months, N. Korea has been trying to upstage the summit between S. Korean President Lee and U.S. President Obama that is scheduled for June 16. Almost all Americans I know have heard of the recent N. Korean provocations. But few have heard anything about the U.S.-ROK summit, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Jun 15, 2009

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Old-age Income Security and Private Transfers in South Korea

    We examined the relative contributions of government income support programs and familial transfers to old-age income security in Korea.

    Jan 1, 2009

  • Report

    Report

    South Korea Achieves Democracy Despite Previous Obstacles

    Key successes in achieving reform and development – particularly the creation of government stakesholders, the broadening of the ideological spectrum, collaboration between political factions, and major internal and external shocks – have contributed to the consolidation of the democratic system.

    Aug 19, 2008

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    A New National Strategy for Korea: North Korea Threats Require Deterrence, Reconciliation

    Over the last five years, the South Korean government has tried to downplay the military threat posed by North Korea. However North Korea still poses a serious military threat to South Korea, writes Bruce Bennett.

    Mar 13, 2008

  • Report

    Report

    Brain Korea 21 Phase II: A New Evaluation Model (Korean-language version)

    Presents an evaluation model to assess the impact of the Brain Korea 21 program, which seeks to make Korean research universities globally competitive and to produce more high-quality researchers in Korea.

    Mar 12, 2008

  • Image of brain and multi-directional arrows

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    Brain Korea 21 Phase II: A New Evaluation Model

    Presents an evaluation model to assess the impact of the Brain Korea 21 program, which seeks to make Korean research universities globally competitive and to produce more high-quality researchers in Korea.

    Mar 11, 2008

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  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Changes From Command Transfer

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Changes From Command Transfer, in Korea Times.

    Dec 6, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    Tokyo's Leverage Over Pyongyang

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Tokyo's Leverage Over Pyongyang, in the Asian Wall Street Journal.

    Nov 21, 2006

  • Report

    Report

    A Brief Analysis of the Republic of Korea’s Defense Reform Plan

    An analysis of the Republic of Korea's Defense Reform Plan.

    Jun 12, 2006

  • Journal Article

    Journal Article

    Arms Control and CSBMs in a Korean Peace Regime: A U.S. Perspective

    The author addresses strategies and prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula, prospects for arms control and the peace process involving the two Koreas and the U.S., and the future of U.S.-China relations.

    Jan 1, 2006

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    One Korea?

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jun 30, 2005

  • Report

    Report

    Policies Can Help Korea Remain Competitive with China

    South Korea currently has a relative advantage over China in many industries. To maintain its market position as China becomes more competitive, Seoul should consider how various science and technology policies would affect its prosperity.

    Mar 15, 2005

  • Report

    Report

    Ambivalent Allies? A Study of South Korean Attitudes Toward the U.S.

    Have South Korean attitudes toward the United States deteriorated? To answer this question, RAND researchers compiled and analyzed South Korean public opinion data from the past decade.

    Dec 13, 2004