South Korea as a Global Power

Providing empirical analysis and conceptual study of South Korea's accomplishments as a middle and global power

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In 2014, the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) launched a three-year study examining South Korea's Global commitment and proactive participation in world affairs.

Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Adviser at CSIS and Professor of Government at Georgetown University led this project along with a research team to provide empirical analysis and conceptual study of Korea's accomplishments as a middle and global power in a wide array of issue-areas including official development assistance, global health, civil nuclear energy, and global economic governance. Access and enroll in our free iTunes U course to explore all the content on these topics online here: “South Korea as a Global Power,” was selected as one of the best courses of 2016. The list was compiled by iTunes U, featuring their favorite courses of the year in science, mathematics, liberal arts, teaching, and learning.

“South Korea and Multilateral Architecture”

Michael Green | Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS, and Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University

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In this interview, Dr. Green discusses South Korea’s place in a new Asia-Pacific multilateral architecture, and addresses Korea’s rise as a middle power and its increasingly significant role on the global stage.

“South Korea and the MIKTA Initiative”

L. Gordon Flake | CEO, Perth USAsia Centre, Australia

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In this interview, Mr. Flake discusses the MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) initiative, the Australian’s view of the concept of “middle power” and how South Korea punches above its weight on the international stage although it is considered a middle power.

“South Korea and International Development”

Kim Young-mok | President, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

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In this interview, President Kim discusses South Korea’s international development efforts, including its priorities by regions and by sectors, and U.S.-South Korea cooperation on international development assistance.

“Public Health Lessons and the MERS Outbreak in Korea”

Daniel Lucey | Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine

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In this interview, Dr. Lucey joined us to discuss the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in Korea in 2015 and public health lessons learned for the country and the international community.

"South Korea's Role in China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Relations"

Andrew Yeo | Associate Professor Politics, The Catholic University of America

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In this interview, we interviewed Dr. Yeo for a discussion on recent developments and status of China-Japan-Korea trilateral relations, and areas where South Korea's middle power diplomacy have been successful.

“Korea’s Role in Asian Energy Cooperation”

Miyeon Oh | Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Asia-Pacific Task Force, Atlantic Council

In this interview, we talk with Dr. Miyeon Oh about South Korea’s role in energy cooperation in Asia. The energy sector is an area where Korea has the potential to play an important bridging role in fostering energy cooperation regionally. While this potential has not yet been fulfilled, we believe it is one area where Korea, depending on the priorities of the government, can offer great value-added.

The Project resulted in a report to a U.S.-Korea Bi-national Commission of experts on its research and policy recommendations.

Commission Members:

Jon Brause (United States), World Food Programme (WFP)

Mr. Jon Brause has been Director of the World Food Programme's Washington Office since March 2013. He came to WFP following a twenty-two year career with USAID, where he most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Management. He has also served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development in the National Security Council (NSC).

Kang CHOI (Korea), The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Dr. Kang Choi is Vice President of The Asan Institute for Policy Studies and formerly served as a Professor and Dean of Planning and Assessment at Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1998 to 2002, he served on the National Security Council for the Kim Dae-jung presidency, and as one of South Korean delegates to the Four-Party Talks.

Michael Green (United States), CSIS and Georgetown University
Dr. Michael Green is Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS and an Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as Director for Asian Affairs, and then as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia.

Scott Snyder (United States), Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
Mr. Scott Snyder is Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as The Asia Foundation's representative in Korea from 2000 to 2004.

Sook-Jong LEE (Korea), Sungkyunkwan University and The East Asia Institute (EAI)
Dr. Sook-Jong Lee is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and in the Graduate School of Governance at Sungkyunkwan University, and President of the East Asia Institute, an independent, non-profit think tank based in Seoul.

Tae-hyo KIM (Korea), Sungkyunkwan University
Dr. Kim Tae-hyo is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Sungkyunkwan University. Previously, he was a Senior Secretary to President Lee Myung-Bak for National Security Strategy until July 2012.

Woosang KIM (Korea), Yonsei University
Dr. Kim Woosang is a professor in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Yonsei University. Before returning to Yonsei, he served as President of the Korea Foundation and Ambassador to Australia.

The study is made possible due to the generous support of the Korea Foundation.