In partnership with the Korea Foundation, the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, recruited the program’s third annual class of Fellows in 2022. The Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Journalist Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early/mid-career, US-based journalists working in US media to make a reporting trip to South Korea. They meet with leading experts and government officials in Seoul and Washington, DC to develop a deeper knowledge of South Korea’s evolving role in Indo-Pacific geopolitics and across the world, as well as the most critical economic and security issues within and beyond the Korean Peninsula.
The overarching theme for the 2021-2022 program is South Korea’s rapidly evolving role within the shifting geopolitical and economic landscape of the Indo-Pacific. From the deepening of the US-ROK alliance in key areas such as critical technologies and trade, to the rapid increase in private investments made by South Korea’s leading firms in the United States and throughout the region, to Seoul’s growing “soft power” influence in pop culture worldwide, international media coverage of South Korea’s heightened presence within the region and the globe has expanded significantly. In the same vein, the 2021-2022 program covered a wide set of key policy issues, including: heightened tensions between North and South Korea driven by recent nuclear missile tests conducted by Pyongyang; the results and policy implications of the presidential election in the ROK in March 2022; Seoul’s stance on new regional multilateral security mechanisms such as the Quad and AUKUS; prospects for US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation; and other non-traditional security issues such as supply chain resiliency, energy security, digital trade, and emerging and advanced technologies.
The 2021-2022 delegation convened with several Korean Ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Unification, Office of National Security, and Seoul Metropolitan Government. The journalists also deepened US-ROK relations by meeting with organizations from diverse sectors including economically with LG Energy Solution, culturally through news outlets Chosun Ilbo and JoongAng Daily as well as HYBE entertainment company, and socially through engagements with North Korean defectors and visits to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the War Memorial of Korea.
Highlights from the tour
2021-2022 Fellows Articles
- Jacob Fromer, South China Morning Post, July 21, 2022
- Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy, June 30, 2022
- Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy, June 28, 2022
- Dave Lawler, Axios, June 27, 2022
- Dave Lawler, Axios, June 24, 2022
- Dave Lawler, Axios, June 24, 2022
- (Found in “The Inbox” subsection of the National Security Daily newsletter) Alex Ward, POLITICO, June 24, 2022
- Robbie Gramer, Foreign Policy, June 23, 2022
- Dave Lawler, Axios, June 23, 2022
- (Found in the “Flashpoints” subsection of the National Security Daily newsletter) Alex Ward, POLITICO, June 23, 2022
- (Found in “The Inbox” subsection of the National Security Daily newsletter) Alex Ward, POLITICO, June 22, 2022
- (Found in “The Inbox” subsection of the National Security Daily newsletter) Alex Ward, POLITICO, June 21, 2022
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