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Professor Easley explains how the U.S. and South Korea have reached the current stage of diplomacy with North Korea, including implications for the Seoul-Washington alliance.


Leif-Eric Easley, “Doubling Down on the U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Olympics Diplomacy did not Breach Trust, but Trump-Moon Confidence in Jeopardy,” in Gilbert Rozman, ed., A Whirlwind of Change in East Asia: Assessing Shifts in Strategy, Trade, and the Role of North Korea, Korea Economic Institute, 2018;


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Leif-Eric Easley
Leif-Eric Easley

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Leif-Eric EASLEY is a visiting research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Easley is also an associate professor of International Studies at Ewha Womans University where he teaches international security and political economics. His research interests include contested national identities and changing levels of trust in the bilateral security relationships of Northeast Asia. He was the Northeast Asian History Fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) at Stanford University. He was also a visiting scholar at Yonsei University and the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute. He is actively involved in US-Asia dialogues (Track II diplomacy) with the Asan Institute and the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Easley received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.