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The following information is divided into four sections, corresponding to each of the VOP Symposium events. The first offers information related to US-Korean relations, with a focus on the State of Washington, in support of this year’s event.  The second offers perspectives on the strategic rebalance and specific material related to humanitarian assistance. The third section offers perspectives on President Obama’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region from China and Chinese International Relations scholars. The fourth section offers perspectives on the strategic rebalance from the United States.

Washington State and Korea

1.    Gov Inslee’s Trade Mission to Korea and Japan

2.    Korea is 6th Largest Trading Partner with Washington State

3.    Seattle and Tacoma both rank as cities with significant Korean American population

4.    Korean-American Population in Washington State

5.    Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle

6.    Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia


1.    South Korea - U.S. Economic Relations:  Cooperation, Friction, and Future Prospects
CRS Report for Congress
July 1, 2014

2.    Washington Exports, Jobs and Foreign Investment

3.    New Opportunities for U.S. Exporters Under the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement

4.    U.S.-Korea Trade Deal Resulted in Growing Trade Deficits and More Than 75,000 Lost U.S. Jobs
March 30, 2015 (Blog)

5.    Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Reached, but Faces Scrutiny in Congress
The New York Times
October  5, 2015

6.    Pacific trade pact deserves hearing from Democrats
The News Tribune
October 7, 2015

US - Korea Relations

1.    Congressional Research Service
U.S. - South Korea Relations
June 24, 2014

2.    U.S. Collective Defense Arrangements

3.    U.S. Relations with South Korea

4.    The Evolution of the U.S-South Korea Alliance

5.    JBLM Stryker brigade trains with South Korean military in California desert
The News Tribune
June 29, 2014

Regional Relations

1.    China-Korea Relations: Prospects for a Strategic Partnership?
Council on Foreign Relations
September 18, 2015

2.    South Korea Seeks to Balance Relations with China and the United States
Council on Foreign Relations
November 2012

Delivering Humanitarian Assistance and Supporting Regional Stability

1.    Rebuilding Lives and Communities in the Face of Disaster, an Interview with Bill Decker ShelterBox

2.    Disaster Map: Myanmar 2002 - 2012

3.    USAID Humanitarian Assistance in the Philippines

4.    USAID Disaster Assistance and Resilience Building in the Philippines

5.    Humanitarian Assistance in Review East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004–2013

6.    The Nation. Disaster Militarism: Rethinking US Relief in the Asia-Pacific

7.    Fred Dews | April 21, 2014 4:05pm Brookings
Pivot, Rebalance, or Reinvigorate? Words Matter in U.S. Strategy toward Asia

8.    America's Corps: continuing momentum, building bonds, Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, Commanding General, I Corps


10.  The State of the Humanitarian System (2012)

11.  For students interested in building their disaster literacy: Building a Better Response Course:


13.  Journal of Humanitarian Assistance

Perspectives from China

1.    Sheng Dingli, Associate Dean, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai

2.    Pang Zhongying, Professor of International Studies, Renmin University

3.    Wang Jisi, Dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University

4.    Liu Feitao, Deputy Director of Department of American Studies, Research Fellow at China Institute of International Studies, Beijing

5.    China Daily

Perspectives from the United States

1.    Remarks by Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor to the President: “The United States and the Asia-Pacific in 2013” to The Asia Society, March 11, 2013

2.    Remarks by President Obama to the Australian Parliament, November 17, 2011, in which he describes the United States as “a Pacific nation”

3.    White House Blog on “Resourcing the Rebalance Toward the Asia Pacific Region” posted on April 12, 2013 and related “Fact Sheet: The Fiscal Year 2014 Federal Budget and the Asia-Pacific”

4.    Audio for National Bureau of Asian Research conference on “Engaging Asia 2013: How Will the 113th Congress Address the Rebalance toward Asia?” featuring comments by Congressman Rick Larsen; and conference on “Engaging Asia 2012: Strategies for a Shift toward the Asia-Pacific” with Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Senator Slade Gorton. (for transcript of Congresswoman Hanabusa’s comments:

5.    National Bureau of Asian Research report “2014 Asia-Pacific Watch List: Eleven Key Issues for the Coming Year” Roundtable on “Regional Perspectives on US Strategic Rebalancing” Post article “Army’s ‘Pacific Pathways’ initiative sets up turf battle with Marines,” December 29, 2013,

6.    George Washington University report “Balancing Acts: The U.S. Rebalance and Asia-Pacific Stability” by R. Sutter, M. Brown, and T. Adamson, with M. Mochizuki and D. Ollapally, August 2013

7.  Center for Strategic and International Studies on “US Force Posture Strategy in the Asia Pacific Region: An Independent Assessment,” June 27, 2012

8.  White House Website on “The U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership” posted June 27, 2010, and the U.S. State Department posting about the Partnership on July 24, 2011

9.  Further details about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, and related article from the Center for Strategic and International Studies