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South Korea and the new geoeconomics of Asia

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The global economic order is at an inflection point. South Korea, the 11th largest economy and a technologically advanced democracy, will play an important role in the future of advanced manufacturing with cutting-edge technologies, the evolution of the regional trade architecture, and in transnational issues such as development finance and infrastructure, climate change, and green growth. Opportunities for cooperation in these areas abound, especially with South Korea’s closest ally the United States, but obstacles also lie ahead.

On May 25, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution hosted a series of discussions to assess South Korea’s role in the new geoeconomics of Asia. The keynote session featured a discussion with Tarun Chhabra, senior director for technology and national security at the National Security Council, on recent developments in the U.S.-ROK relationship, overlapping interests in high-tech industries such as semiconductors, and investment by South Korean firms in the U.S. Following the keynote discussion were two expert panels on South Korea’s role in Asia’s new trade architecture and as a provider of regional public goods to the region.

Online viewers submitted questions for the speakers via e-mail to or via Twitter at #ROKgeoecon.


Welcoming remarks

Keynote session

U.S.-ROK economic and technology agenda


Tarun Chhabra

Senior Director for Technology and National Security - National Security Council

Panel 1

South Korea’s role in Asia’s new trade architecture


Hye Min Lee

Visiting Professor - Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Former G20 Sherpa of Korea

Panel 2

South Korea as a provider of regional public goods


Miyeon Oh

Director and Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security - Atlantic Council


Scott Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy - Council on Foreign Relations


Troy Stangarone

Senior Director and Fellow - Korea Economic Institute

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