Launched in September 2011, the Korea Matters for America/America Matters for Korea project is a comprehensive and multi-activity effort to demonstrate and track South Korea’s importance to the United States, and the United States’ importance to South Korea.

This project maps the trade, investment, employment, business, diplomacy, security, education, tourism, and people-to-people connections between the United States and South Korea at the national, state, and local levels. Part of the Asia Matters for America initiative, this publication and the website are resources for understanding the robust and dynamic US-Korea relationship. The 4th edition of the Korea Matters for America publication was launched in June 2023.

East-West Center

The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the US Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options. The East-West Center in Washington provides US and Indo-Pacific government stakeholders and program partners with innovative training, analytical, dialogue, exchange, and public diplomacy initiatives to meet policy priorities.

The views expressed in articles by external contributors are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center or any organization with which the author is affiliated.

Our Partners

Korea Economic Institute

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) is a public policy organization focused on promoting dialogue and understanding between the United States and Korea. Established in 1982, KEI began by concentrating on economic issues but now covers all aspects of the alliance, including national security, Northeast Asian regional affairs and Korean American issues. Every year, KEI commissions dozens of Korea-related research papers, publishes books on Korea policy issues, organizes forums and conferences across North America, and has a growing online presence. KEI is an affiliate with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a public research institute in the Republic of Korea.

Chey Institute for Advanced Studies

The Chey Institute for Advanced Studies is a knowledge-sharing platform established in October 2018 to honor the 20th anniversary of the passing of CHEY Jong-hyon, the former Chairman of SK Group. The Chey Institute is committed to analyzing various geopolitical risks surrounding the Korean Peninsula, and exploring opportunities and obstacles posed by scientific innovation. In doing so, the Chey Institute aims to come up with pragmatic solutions to the challenges that Northeast Asia faces today.

Project Staff

East-West Center

Director: Satu Limaye, PhD

Coordinators: Spencer Gross & Amy Namur

Research & Content: Drake Avila, Jae Chang, Travis Cole, Christina Durham, Vannary Kong, Yumei Lin, Kimery Lynch, Ross Medico, Langsha (Oscar) Tao, Shannon Wells, Sarah Wang, Maheen Zahid

Translations: Eunyoung Lee

Korea Economic Institute

President & CEO: Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen Stephens

Senior Director and Fellow: Troy Stangarone

Content & Translation Review: Hae Kyung Ahn

Chey Institute for Advanced Studies

President: Ambassador (ret.) In-kook Park

Team Manager: John J. Lee

Assistant Manager: Jaehyung Choi

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