Can Donald Trump save South Korea-Japan relations?

April 2019 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEF Dr. Tongfi Kim President Trump is reportedly planning to demand payment from host countries of U.S. troops covering the entire cost of stationing plus 50 percent. Seoul and Tokyo should treat this so-called “Cost Plus 50”...
US Forces Korea in the balance: Time to go home?

US Forces Korea in the balance: Time to go home?

March 2019 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEF Linde Desmaele Since entering office, US President Donald Trump has been determined to withdraw US troops from South Korea. In May 2018, he reportedly ordered the Pentagon to prepare options to draw down US Forces Korea...
Hanoi Summit Explained: the Key Players’ Views

Hanoi Summit Explained: the Key Players’ Views

28 February 2019 | KOREA CHAIR EXPLAINS Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Dr Tongfi Kim, Linde Desmaele, Maximilian Ernst This edition of Korea Chair Explains offers the views of South Korea, the US, Japan and China on the Hanoi Trump-Kim Summit of 27-28 February 2019. The lack...
Doi moi and the February 2019 Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

Doi moi and the February 2019 Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

February 2019 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEF Maximilian Ernst Over recent months, speculations about the venue for the next Trump-Kim summit were ubiquitous. On February 6th, President Trump announced during the State of the Union Address that the summit would take...
Moon’s Quest for Permanent Peace

Moon’s Quest for Permanent Peace

January 2019 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEF Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo The goal of inter-Korean reconciliation and eventual peace is within reach. But the process to get there will take time. President Moon Jae-in understands that the road to end over sixty years of...