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A Comprehensive Vision for the U.S.-Korea Alliance

April 22, 2009

By Scott Snyder

The conventional wisdom among Asia specialists on both sides of the aisle has been that there would be little need for change in a new administration’s policy toward Asia. At the same time, there is no question that America’s preoccupation with Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East has prioritized the question of how America’s Asian allies might make “out of area” contributions while seemingly neglecting the long-term challenge posed by the rise of China. The virtually exclusive focus of former Assistant Secretary for East Asia Chris Hill on North Korea appeared on occasion to take the support of America’s Asian allies for granted…read more.

Scott Snyder directs The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy. He just published a report called “Pursuing a Comprehensive Vision for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance.” Yesterday he blogged about the alliance for He can be reached at

Related locations: Korea
Related programs: International Cooperation
Related topics: Center for U.S.-Korea Policy


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