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Unformatted text preview: a can bring. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 36 Mercury Politics Impact SKFTA Good – Alliance – AT – SKFTA Not Key (1/2) SKFTA has the largest effect on the alliance Cha and Katz, Georgetown Professor of Government and former Director of Asian Affairs, 11 (Victor D., D. S. Song-Korea Foundation Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Katrin Katz, Chicago-based independent consultant on East Asia and former Fulbright Scholar. Both served as directors for Asian Affairs on the White House National Security Council, 2011, “South Korea in 2010”, ProQuest, accessed: 7/8/11, page 60, SWOLFF) Economically, the current strong state of U.S.-ROK relations contributed to Obama’s about-face on the Korea-U.S. FTA. Obama entered office with a mission to avoid any discussion of trade. His administration put a hold on the three outstanding FTAs negotiated by the Bush administration, the most prominent of which was with Korea. At the Toronto summit, however, the president indicated that he wanted to have resolved any outstanding issues on the FTA by his visit to Korea in November 2010, with the goal of presenting it to Congress a few months later. In addition to his mention of the National Export Initiative during his Union address, this was one of Obama’s first major statements in support of expanding trade. Although South Korea and the U.S. were unable to iron out their differences on the FTA (particularly related to autos and beef) in time for President Obama’s November visit to Seoul, further negotiations in the weeks that followed resulted in a key compromise on auto trade that paved the way for a final deal in December. Ironically, if Obama and Lee are able to get the FTA passed, the very issue that the Obama administration initially aimed to avoid, trade, may ultimately be the one where it leaves the most lasting legacy. The alliance is inherently fragile and SKFTA is vital to keeping it together Cha and Katz, Georgetown Professor of Government and former Director of Asian Affairs, 11 (Victor D., D. S. Song-Korea Foundation Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. And Katrin Katz, Chicago-based independent consultant on East Asia and former Fulbright Scholar. Both served as directors for Asian Affairs on the White House National Security Council, 2011, “South Korea in 2010”, ProQuest, accessed: 7/8/11, page 62, SWOLFF) While the Obama and Lee administrations continue to maximize the benefits of this era of bilateral sanguinity, they should also be wary of the potential for swift downward swings in public opinion to cast a dark cloud over other dimensions of the alliance. The record of South Korea-U.S. ties over the past 60-plus years has shown that periods of peak mutual warmth can be followed by a crash. The beef protests of 2008, during which tens of thousands of South Koreans poured into the streets to protest the Lee government’s agreement to reopen the South Korean market to U.S...
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