The 2012 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 2012. 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 Agreements; Business and Investment; Identity and Society; Historical Disputes and Regional Stability; and Legal Dilemmas and Elections.

Student authors featured: Dianna Bai, Alexander Bellah, Trevor Clark, Alison EvansKyle Johnson, Mark KulishYesel Lee, Sean Nelson, Abigail Trenhaile, Taylor Washburn.

Download the full report here: 2012 SAIS US-Korea Yearbook. Or click on the links below for individual papers.

Learn more about the Korea Studies Program at SAIS.

The Impact of KORUS on the Future of Asia Pacific Trade Integration, by Abigail Trenhaile

The Korea-U.S. Free Trade agreement, passed in 2011, represents the future of trade agreements, with its high standards to address the concerns of ever increasing global [Read More]

South Korea and China’s Power Plays Through Free Trade Agreements with ASEAN, by Yesel Lee

Since the Asian Financial Crisis, South Korea’s rebound and continuing economic growth has proven that it has the potential to play a major role in the Asian economy. As China [Read More]

Lips and Teeth: Chinese-North Korean Trade and FDI and its Impact, by Trevor Clark

The China-North Korea relationship has been detailed as that of “lips and teeth.” To what degree does that notion continue today, and does it fully encapsulate the [Read More]

South Korea’s “New Silk Road” to Central Asia: Diplomacy and Business in the Context of Energy Security, by Alison Evans

As an energy-poor country with an energy-intensive economy, the Republic of Korea (ROK) is forced to import the vast majority of its energy sources. It must do so from the distant [Read More]

Negotiating Away the Bloodline: North Korean National Identity and the Implications for Reunification, by Sean Nelson

After Kim Jong-il's death, outside experts speculated over whether or not Kim Jong-un would implement substantive reforms. In theory, bringing about major reforms in North Korea [Read More]

Unwelcome Migrants: The Plight of North Korean Refugees in China, by Dianna Bai

Fleeing their home country in search of a better life, North Korean refugees who escape to China face a perilous journey en route to freedom. Despite the international laws that [Read More]

Asia’s Multilateral Cooperation and Bilateral Tensions: Finding a Way Forward, by Kyle Johnson

East Asian multilateral cooperation has been slowed in recent years due to numerous disputes between the countries. The China-Japan-Korea trilateral relationship too has been [Read More]

Goguryeo Ghosts: China’s History Dilemma and the Future of Sino-Korean Relations, by Taylor Washburn

Recent Chinese efforts to revise Northeast Asia’s ancient past have sparked tension with South Korea, and may also have affected Beijing’s relationship with the North.  A [Read More]

Uncertainty in the Shadow of a Rising China, by Alexander Bellah

Alexander Bellah reviews contemporary Sino-Korean relations to assess how they have been affected by core concerns related to security, economy, and values. Bellah’s analysis [Read More]

American Legal Dilemmas and Korean Elections, by Mark Kulish

In 2002, the operation of the ROK-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), which triggered, in turn, the body of laws and procedures governing the U.S. military justice system, [Read More]