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© 2019 Jeffrey Robertson

Selected Publications

Media and Commentary

 

"Vale the ambassador", Lowy Interpreter, 5 October 2018.

"Debating South Korea's military service", Lowy Interpreter, 7 September 2018.

"Is South Korea really a middle power?", East Asia Forum, 2 May 2018.

"Analyze South Korea before turning to North Korea", The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), 14 March 2018.

"US Diplomatic demolition not here to stay", East Asia Forum, Australian National University, 16 February 2018.

"Should Australia support Seoul's North Korea policy?", The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), 11 October 2017.

"Learning lessons from history: Do analogies steer South Korean foreign policy?", ANU Policy Forum, 13 September 2017.

"Pre-emptive thinking about pre-emptive strikes", The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), 9 September 2017.

"Pushing Seoul's North Korea agenda in the US", East Asia Forum, 9 September 2017.

"Embassy websites: First impressions count", USC Center for Public Diplomacy, 11 August 2017.

"Framing North Korea", AIIA Australian Outlook, 9 August 2017.

"Why South Korea needs to get the public onside with foreign policy", ANU Policy Forum, 19 July 2017.

"Can South Korea exploit its generation gap to strengthen digital diplomacy?", USC Center for Public Diplomacy, 8 June 2017.

"Korea's digital diplomacy: The most technologically advanced avoider?", USC Center for Public Diplomacy, 31 May 2017.

"The time is ripe for South Korean diplomatic innovation", East Asia Forum, 12 May 2017.

"Trump and a new South Korean administration", IAPS Dialogue, 10 May 2017.

"Moon's rise offers new opportunities for Australia", AIIA Australian Outlook, 10 May 2017.

"The neglected Korea: Why South Korea should be Australia's priority on the peninsula", ANU Policy Forum, 8 May 2017.

"Policy priorities for Korea's next president", AIIA Australian Outlook, 19 April 2017.

"Time to retake the foreign policy narrative", Korea Herald, 19 April 2017.

Korea as Trump’s low-hanging fruit”, Korea Herald, 5 February 2017.

An end to South Korea’s middle power moment?”, ANU East Asia Forum, 30 December 2016.

Continuity in South Korean foreign policy”, Korea Herald, 14 December 2016.

The United Nations’ troubled child”, Korea Herald, 25 September 2016.

South Korea’s diplomatic style on the world stage”, Korea Herald, 22 May 2016.

Avoiding leftover mud in relations between Korea and Indonesia”, Korea Herald, 22 July 2014.

Seoul’s middle-power turn in Samarkand?”, The Diplomat, 8 July 2014.

Australia-Korea: Going forward, looking backward”, The Diplomat, 4 July 2013.

Middlepowerism and continuity in South Korean foreign policy”, The Diplomat, 29 May 2013.

The potential for early political risks in the Park administration”, Korea Economic Institute (KEI), 31 January 2013.

ROK presidential showdown: Forgotten issues of foreign policy”, The Diplomat, 27 October 2012.

North Korea: What’s next is off the plan", Asia Times, 21 September 2012.

Time to start debate on Korea’s role as middle-power”, Korea Herald, 22 March 2012.

Korea and Australia: A healthy level of disinterest no more”, Korea Herald, 17 December 2009.

 

Consultancy

 

Clients including: Oxford Analytica, Financial Times Group, PWC, World Bank, Korea Development Institute (KDI), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), as well as various other Australian and Korean Government agencies.

Subjects covered: Foreign ministry reform; diplomatic practice; digital diplomacy; diplomatic futures; diplomatic strategies; negotiation; negotiation strategies; foreign policy analysis; South Korean economic, political, and strategic/security affairs; East Asia political risk.

Peer Reviewed

"Organizational culture and public diplomacy in the digital sphere", Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, 5(3) 2018, 672-682.

"Continuity in South Korean foreign policy", KEIA Academic Paper Series, 20 April 2017.

More than Old Friends? Narrative in Australia’s Relationship with Korea”, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 63(1), 2017, 15-30.

“The Stock Market of Diplomatic Reputation: Reputation on Diplomacy’s Frontline”, Hague Journal of Diplomacy, 12(4), 2017.

Middle-Power Definitions: Confusion Reigns Supreme”, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 71(4), 2017.

“Australia’s Parliamentary Diplomacy: A Study of the Bilateral Relationship with South Korea”, in Stelios Stavridis and Davor Jančić (Eds), Parliamentary Diplomacy in European and Global Governance, Brill, Amsterdam, 2017.

Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy: A Case Study of South Korea, New Studies in Diplomacy, London, Routledge, May 2016.

“Australia between China and the United States”, in Kyuroon Kim (Ed),  Harmonious Diplomacy between China and the United States: Domestic and International Case Studies (Korean), Korean Institute for National Unification (KINU), Seoul, 2014.

One era ends, another begins: Australian Federal Election 2013”, Election Studies, December 2013.

Korean Peninsula Unification: Opportunities and Challenges to the Asia-Pacific Economies” in Jae-Jeok Park and Kyuroon Kim (Eds.), Korean Peninsula Division/Unification from the International Perspective, Korean Institute for National Unification (KINU), Seoul, 2012.

“Australia and South Korea as middle-powers: Similar but different” in Heejin Lee (Ed), Understanding Australia (Korean), Yonsei University Press, Seoul, 2012.

Patterns of negotiation outside a Korean cultural context”, Asian Survey, Vol. 52(3), July-August 2012.

Australia-Korea Year of Friendship 2011”, Research Brief, Parliament of Australia, June 2011.

“North Korean nuclear issues: The tip of an iceberg”, Presentation to the Australian Institute for International Affairs, 23 June 2009.

Behind the nuclear issue in North Korea”, Research Brief, Parliament of Australia, June 2009.

“Australia and Korea as middle-powers”, Paper presented at the public symposium on the establishment of a peaceful order on the Korean peninsula”, Sheraton Hotel Sydney, 1 August 2008.

“Diplomatic negotiations and national style: South Korea’s bilateral FTA negotiations”, Paper delivered at Australian Political Science Association (APSA) 2008 Conference, Brisbane, 9 July 2008.

Middle powers and Korean normalization: An Australian perspective revisited”, Policy Forum Online, Nautilus Institute, 30 April 2008.

Political change in North Korea”, Research Brief, Parliament of Australia, 23 January 2008.

Mid to long term economic strategy for Oceania (Korean), Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Seoul, December 2007.

Position vacant: middle power coordinator on the Korean peninsula”, IFES Forum, September 2007.

South Korea as a middle power: capacity, behaviour and now opportunity”, International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, June 2007.

North Korea and parliamentary diplomacy”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 18 June 2007.

South Korea and the East Asia Summit: Collective identity, balance of power or domestic politics”, Research Brief Series, Parliament of Australia, 4 December 2006.

A North Korean nuclear test”, Research Note Series, Parliament of Australia, 28 Sept 2006.

North Korea: Diplomatic efforts”, Research Note Series, Parliament of Australia, 7 Aug 2006.

Australia-South Korea FTA-Prospects”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 3 May 2006.

Cancun to Hong Kong”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 10 Oct 2005.

Regional telecommunications overview”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 14 June 2005.

“Implications Budget 2005-06”, Commonwealth of Australia, June 2005.

Global ageing: Implications for Australia”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 10 May 2005.

Foreign ownership in telecommunications”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 7 Mar 2005.

Resolving the North Korean Nuclear Crisis—Options and Constraints”, Issues Brief, Parliament of Australia, June 2003.

Economic Effects of Infectious Disease”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 13 May 2003.

After Iraq, Korea?”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 24 Mar 2003.

Conflict in Iraq and Australian Trade”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 26 Mar 2003.

The North Korean Nuclear Crisis – Implications for Australian Trade”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 3 Feb 2003.

The North Korea Nuclear Crisis”, Issues Brief, Parliament of Australia, Mar 2003.

ASEAN + 3: Towards the world’s largest FTA”, Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 12 Nov 2002.

"Regional Trade Agreements and the WTO", Research Note, Parliament of Australia, 15 Oct 2002.

“Anti-Americanism in South Korea and the Future of the US Presence”, Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol. 10 (2), 2002.