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Karl Friedhoff

Americans Remain Committed to South Korea, View North Korea as an Adversary

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

2021 Chicago Council Survey data show that a majority of Americans hold favorable views of South Korea and would support defending the country from a North Korean attack.

North Korean missile test from September 2021.
Reuters
Public Opinion

2021 Chicago Council Survey

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

While the Biden administration seems to understand where Americans stand on China and domestic renewal to support global competitiveness, the data disproves their assumptions that Americans are skeptical about trade and weary of US global engagement and leadership.

Middle Class Homes
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Public Opinion

Americans, Japanese, and South Koreans Wary of China's Intentions

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

American, Japanese, and South Korean publics see China as a more of a threat than a partner. Trilateral cooperation will be key to managing China's rise.

Sung Kim, Noh Kyu-duk, and Takehiro Funakoshi standing in front of flags on flag poles
Reuters
Public Opinion

US, Japan, and South Korea Coordination Key to Competing in Southeast Asia

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

In picking fronts that offer the paths of least resistance, trilateral cooperation will maximize the presence of all three countries in ASEAN, maintaining balance in the region and making collective progress toward economic and development goals.

Ships from the United States and Jpa
US Navy
Defense and Security

Cooperating, Competing, Confronting: US-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Cooperation as China Rises

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

A report from the Task Force on Trilateral Cooperation Amid China’s Rise recommends a new policy mix that leverages each country’s individual strengths and advantages.

ships in the south china sea
REUTERS
US Foreign Policy

Ahead of Biden-Moon Summit, South Koreans and Americans Align on China and North Korea

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Chicago Council survey data find majorities in South Korea view China as more of a security threat than a security partner and as more of an economic threat than an economic partner.

South Korean President Moon
Reuters
Public Opinion

Ahead of Biden-Suga Summit, Americans See Japan as the United States' Most Important Partner

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Craig Kafura and Karl Friedhoff analyze findings of a recent poll examining American public opinion on US relations with Japan.

President Joe Biden meets with the leaders of Japan, India, and Australia
The White House
Public Opinion

South Koreans See China as More Threat than Partner, But Not the Most Critical Threat Facing the Country

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

Majorities of South Koreans cite low birthrates in South Korea and North Korea’s nuclear program as larger threats than China's economic or military power.

2021 meeting between Moon, Blinken, and Austin
REUTERS
Public Opinion

American Public Divided on Cooperating with, Confronting China

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

A March 2021 survey finds Americans see US priorities in Asia to be less about limiting the expansion of China and more about economic growth and strengthening democracy.

A guard outside the People Hall in Beijing.
REUTERS
Public Opinion

Democrats, Republicans Support Alliances, Disagree on International Organizations

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

While Americans of all political stripes remain committed to allies and alliances, the public is divided along partisan lines on the value of international organizations.

US, NATO and Britain flags fly at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels.
Reuters
US Foreign Policy