This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Clint Work. They speak about the history of Operational Control (OPCON) between South Korean and American forces, the issue of potential troop withdrawals, the difficulties that have arisen over the years in trying to find a solution to this issue, the inherent risk that such actions might embolden North Korea, and importantly the Presidential years of Jimmy Carter and how they help to contextualize the current debate.
Clint Work is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah's Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea. Working on U.S.-Korea relations and U.S. Foreign Policy, he has previously held positions at the International Crisis Group’s (ICG) Seoul office, and writes regularly for various media outlets, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, Sino-NK, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Clint is currently a Ph.D. candidate working on U.S.-Korean relations under President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s and Carter’s abortive withdrawal of U.S. ground combat forces from South Korea.
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