The 2011 Edition of the SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook analyzes important developments in North and South Korea that characterized their relations in that year. Each paper was written by a SAIS student from the course, “The Two Koreas: Contemporary Research and Record,” in the fall of 2011. Their insights were based on extensive reading and study as well as on numerous interviews conducted with government officials, scholars, NGO workers, academics and private sector experts both in Washington and Seoul.

This Yearbook is divided into five chapters: Trade and Development; ROK Economic Policies; Regional Economic Cooperation; Unification Considerations; and Security and Foreign Policy.

Student authors featured: Matt Chitwood, Alice Guilford, Marc Janke, Kwan-yeon Lee, Rebecca Lee, Maggie Mazzetti, Benjamin Michener, Akito Nishiuchi, Alexander Parcan, Shelley Su.

Download the full report here: 2011 SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook. Or click on the links below for individual papers.

Learn more about the Korea Studies Program at SAIS.

South Korea’s Emerging Leadership as a Partner in African Development, by Alice Guilford

Alice Guilford examines how the Republic of Korea became the first ever aid-receiving country to emerge as an aid-donor and the domestic and international factors that led to this [Read More]

The Chilean-Korean Free Trade Agreement: History, Motivations, and Ramifications, by Alexander Parcan

Alexander Parcan examines South Korea’s motivations for negotiating and ratifying the 2004 Chilean-Korean FTA. An analysis of how the ratification of the South Korean-Chilean [Read More]

Smile and Sunshine: Assessing the Impact and Sustainability of Microfinance in South Korea, by Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee assesses the early successes and failures of ROK microfinance initiatives intended to link social welfare with economic development, as well as the Korean [Read More]

Assessing South Korea’s National Strategy for Green Economic Growth, by Maggie Mazzetti

Maggie Mazzetti examines President Lee Myung-bak’s National Green Growth Strategy and the extent to which it has addressed the issues at the heart of Korea’s greenhouse gas [Read More]

The Viability of the New North Korean SEZs, by Marc Janke

Marc Janke reports on the economic viability of the North Korean Special Economic Zones, including the two most recently opened SEZs in Rason and Hwanggeumpyeong in June 2011. He [Read More]

The “Pipeline Diplomacy” Russia- DPRK-ROK Gas Pipeline Project, by Kwang-yeon Lee

Kwang-yeon Lee examines the background, progress, and prospects for the proposed Russia-DPRK-ROK gas pipeline project with an understanding that energy diplomacy within the [Read More]

Demographic Impact of Korean Reunification: Costs and Consequences for the North and the South, by Benjamin Michener

Benjamin Michener examines the potential demographic impact of a peaceful near-term reunification of the Korean peninsula utilizing a recently available North Korean census. He [Read More]

North Korea in China’s Foreign Policy Strategy, by Matt Chitwood

Matt Chitwood explores China’s balancing of commitment to peaceful development and its role as a responsible international power vis-à-vis its foreign policy toward its ally, [Read More]

Navigating the Blue Ocean: Strategy for the Korean Navy, by Akito Nishiuchi

Akito Nishiuchi examines the ROK’s establishment of a larger and more capable navy that operates today not only around Korea, but also in troubled regions abroad. He proceeds [Read More]

The OPCON Transfer Debate, by Shelley Su

Shelley Su examines the issues surrounding the US transfer of the wartime operational control (OPCON) to the ROK, and assesses the merits of the three positions of the transfer: [Read More]