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Strategic Opportunities for South Korean Development of Energy Resources in Central Asia

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WPS 09-02: Strategic Opportunities for South Korean Development of Energy Resources in Central Asia, by Yoon Sung-hak, Ph.D. (February 2009). In this paper, Dr. Yoon examines the status of trade relations and energy diplomacy between South Korea and Central Asia. His analysis provides an overview of the actual and potential energy resources and reserves in major Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan – and identifies key opportunities for Korea to increase its soft power in Central Asia through cultural exchange and greater diplomatic and economic expansion.