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The 2014 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, “Korea’s Economic Development,” offered in the 2014 fall semester. 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.

Student authors featured: Alin Horj, Ju Hyung Kim, Kendrick Kuo, Jagabanta Ningthoujam, Kyu Seok Shim, and Mario Vanella.

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A Dangerous Triangle: The Impact of Chinese-Japanese-South Korean Relations on U.S Policy, by Mario Vanella

Mario Vanella examines the complicated relations between China, Japan, and South Korea. The paper analyzes the issues currently exacerbating the relationship between Japan and [Read More]

No Home for the Household: The Implications of Household Debt and Demographic Changes on the Real Estate Market in South Korea, by Kyu Seok Shim

Kyu Seok Shim examines the implications of South Korea’s demographic transition on its real estate market and the risks posed by a rapidly escalating household debt. He also [Read More]

South Korea’s Energy Security: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities for LNG in the Face of Weak Oil Prices, by Jagabanta Ningthoujam

Jagabanta Ningthoujam examines the energy security landscape of South Korea under the evolving era of weak oil prices using the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply situation as a [Read More]

Institutional Path Dependence in Korean Trade Liberalization, by Kendrick Kuo

Kendrick Kuo analyzes the development of South Korea's free trade strategy in the aftermath of the 1997 financial crisis. Using an institutional path dependence approach to [Read More]

Republic of Korea’s Participation in Global Value Chains: How to Increase Forward Participation, by Alin Horj

Alin Horj examines the role of global value chains for the Republic of Korea`s growth, arguing that participation is mainly driven by exports of high-tech industries that are [Read More]

The Twenty-Year Crisis of the North Korean Economy: Reflections upon Two Decades (1992-2012) and the Search for a Viable Soft Landing, by Ju Hyung Kim

Ju Hyung examines the North Korean economy's structural degeneration during the twenty year timeframe (1992-2012) and its overall implication. From the analysis of North Korea [Read More]