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The Korea Now Podcast

Jun 9, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Brad Glosserman. They speak about the history of the South Korea-Japan relationship, how issues of history and identity have sustained and evolved over time, the role that America has played in helping to bridge the divide between these two countries, the shared geographical, economic, cultural and security interests that have allowed deeper cooperation over the years, the changing face of this dynamic under Moon Jae-in, Abe Shinzo and Donald Trump, the continuity of the military alliance, the galvanising effect of threats from North Korea and a newly assertive China, the demographic challenges confronting both South Korea and Japan, and importantly the future of the trilateral relationship.

Brad Glosserman is both the Deputy Director of, and Visiting Professor at, the Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies, as well as a Senior Advisor for the Pacific Forum. Brad was also the Executive Director of the Pacific Forum for 15 years, and is the author of ‘The Future of U.S.-Korea-Japan Relations: Balancing Values and Interests’, ‘The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States’ and ‘Peak Japan: The End of Great Ambitions’. Brad’s regular commentary and opinion pieces can be found at:

*** Brad Glosserman’s article ‘The Limits of Identity Politics and the Strategic Case for U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateralism’ is also referenced in this podcast (          

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