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The Future of US-Korea Relations: Understanding its Role Through the Lenses of Security, Power, and Regional Affairs

On March 26, 2021, the YCAPS University Chapter held its third webinar, titled “The Future of US-Korea Relations: Understanding its Role Through the Lenses of Security, Power, and Regional Affairs.” Students tuned in from around the world to discuss the power struggle between the Koreas, and the military and security aspects of the US-ROK alliance.

Ju-Hyun Kim, a finalist at King’s College London, provided an overview of the relationship between South Korea and the US, and the development of modern South Korea. She focused on joint military exercises, and President Biden’s continuation of President Obama’s “pivot to Asia.” Following Kim’s presentation, Minseo Kang, a junior at Georgetown, spoke about how the US-Korea dialogue could shift, based on who succeeds President Moon Jae-In in the 2022 election. He also provided analysis on the implications of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities on US-Korea policymaking. The Q&A session and ensuing discussion revolved around the balancing act between the US, the Koreas, China, and Japan.

 

Caroline Morita for YCAPS University Chapter

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