Recent Research

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While the diplomatic fruit is ripe: An international commission on the Korean Peninsula

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Middle-Power Definitions: Confusion Reigns Supreme

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Tradition and Modernity in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Book cover for Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy

Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy: A Case Study of South Korea

Recent Commentary

"Australia's 'China' blinders on South Korea", Lowy Interpreter, 16 December 2021.

"Ignored too long: Australia-Korea relations", The Conversation, 14 December 2021.

"Australia-Korea: Sixty years of benign neglect", UWA Korea Research Center Paper Series, 8 December 2021.

"Time for South Korea to abandon the 'middle power' moniker", Lowy Interpreter, 19 November 2021

"Zooming out of digital diplomacy", Lowy Interpreter, 13 October 2021.

"Is North Korea expertise all talk?", Lowy Interpreter, 5 May 2021.

"When middle powers are caught in the middle", Lowy Interpreter, 23 March 2021.

"Strengthening South Korea's voice", ANU Policy Forum, 19 January 2021.

"Letter to Australia's next ambassador to South Korea", AIIA Australian Outlook, 13 January 2021.

"Do politicians really make excellent envoys?", Lowy Interpreter, 9 December 2020.

"In search of a middle power rethink on North Korea policy", Lowy Interpreter, 25 November 2020.

"Australia's Korea problem", Melbourne Asia Review, 22 November 2020.

"Coming soon: A neutral South Korea?" Lowy Interpreter, 4 November 2020.

"Diplomacy after COVID: No looking back", Lowy Interpreter, 21 October 2020.

"Where next for MIKTA?", Lowy Interpreter, 26 August 2020.

"Diplomacy and global governance after COVID-19: Prepare for change", Lowy Interpreter, 18 August 2020.

"Middle powers after the middle power moment", East Asia Forum, 6 June 2020.

"South Korea’s foreign ministry: Just a few bad eggs?", Lowy Interpreter, 21 May 2020.

"North Korea: Between fact and fiction", East Asia Forum, 4 May 2020.

"Watching South Korea: Beware assumptions", The Strategist, ASPI, 29 January 2020.

"South Korea’s missing middle power diplomacy", East Asia Forum, 16 March 2019.

"Political leadership versus diplomacy", Lowy Interpreter, 6 March 2019.

"Watching the North Korea watchers", The Strategist, ASPI, 5 November 2018.

"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", 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?", 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", 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.

Selected Older Research and Commentary

Some of my favorite pieces of research from long ago - so long ago, they seem to be of another age. My favorites include: "A North Korean nuclear test" (Research Note Series, Parliament of Australia, 28 Sept 2006), written one month prior to North Korea's first nuclear test; and "Patterns of negotiation outside a Korean cultural context", Asian Survey, Vol. 52(3), July-August 2012, which highlights the changing negotiation patterns of South Korea's diplomats. Read more dated materials on Middle Powers or read more selected Older Research and Commentary!