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Part III: Korea in the Region

Small Blast, Explosive Effects: Roller Coaster Inter-Korean Relations, by Michael Yo
Yo, who interned at the Korean Institute of Defense Analyses, reports on the political, economic and cultural aspects of inter-Korean relations of the past year from the nuclear test to the summit meeting.

South Korea-Japan Political Relations in 2007: Roh and Abe’s Path to Estrangement, by Nat Kretchun
Kretchun, who has experience studying language and conducting academic research in both Korea and China, examines Korea-Japan relations over the past year with a particular focus on the effects of historical memory on contemporary relations between the two countries.

China-North Korea Relations, by Mathias Hartpence
Hartpence, a graduate of McGill University in Canada who has worked in both public and private sectors in China, writes about diplomatic relations between Beijing and Pyongyang, within the context of the the reengagement process that the Six Party Talks witnessed in 2007.

Sino-DPRK Economic Relations: The China Model’s Role in the Hermit Kingdom, by Benhan Limketkai
Limketkai, who has worked in the financial sector in San Francisco, reports on North Korea-China economic relations and the detrministic role that the interaction could have on North Korean economic reform and development.

The Dragon Next Door: Republic of Korea-People’s Republic of China Relations, by Jason Cohen
Cohen, who has experience working in the financial and consulting sectors in Asia, examines South Korea-China relations through political, economic, and socio-cultural dimensions.