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Trouble Among Allies: America’s Dirty Secret in East Asia

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B
Feb 06
Thursday, February 6th, 2020 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

Today’s conflicts between South Korea and Japan have a history of their own. These debates still inflame nationalist impulses, creating instability among America’s most important allies in East Asia. President Trump has said of these escalating tensions, “If they need me, I’m there.” However, the U.S. must recognize that South Korea and Japan still weaponize their history today. Importantly, the U.S. must recognize its role in this weaponization of history, as it has long played favorites between its two main allies in East Asia. In considering the often omitted role that American diplomats played in creating today’s conflicts, Professor Alexis Dudden (University of Connecticut) expands upon her New York Times op-ed to discuss America’s Dirty Secret in East Asia and explore possible avenues for reconciliation.

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