National Press Club

Expert and author discusses Korean Peninsula tensions in latest Update-1 podcast

January 17, 2018 | By Adam Konowe | Adam.Konowe@tmp.com

Club Broadcast/Podcast Team member Lincoln Smith, left, interviews South Korea expert Scott Snyder on latest Update-1 podcast.

Club Broadcast/Podcast Team member Lincoln Smith, left, interviews South Korea expert Scott Snyder on latest Update-1 podcast.

In the latest edition of the National Press Club's podcast, Update-1, Club Broadcast/Podcast Team member Lincoln Smith interviews South Korea expert Scott Snyder about his most recent book, "South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers."

Snyder charts a course for America and South Korea in the years ahead in the book, which spotlights South Korea’s complex relationships with both the United States and China. Interpretive and in-depth, the book also explores South Korea’s significance as a nation, seemingly possessing an often-conflicting desire to be independent, yet maintaining a deep need for faithful allies.

Among questions Smith discusses with Snyder: What will South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s approach be towards North Korea in the months ahead? Will the people of South Korea seek a tougher stance toward North Korea? Can President Jae-In successfully balance his nation’s relationship with the United States and China, both multi-billion dollar trading partners of South Korea?

Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, also discusses a key theme in his book -- an overarching advocacy for a continued strong relationship between the United States and South Korea, now allies for over four decades.

Update-1 is produced by Club member Mike Hempen. The podcast can be heard on the Club website here or on iTunes, Sticher and Tunein.