In his most recent book, South Korea at the Crossroads, Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers, Scott Snyder charts a course for America and South Korea in the years ahead. In this episode of Update-1, NPC Broadcast/Podcast Team member Lincoln Smith interviews Snyder about the essentials of his new work, which spotlights South Korea’s complex relationships with both the United States and China. Interpretive and in-depth, the book also explores South Korea’s significance as a nation, seemingly possessing an often conflicting desire to be independent, yet maintaining a deep need for faithful allies. What will South Korean President Moon Jae-In ’s approach be towards North Korea in the months ahead? Will the people of South Korea seek a tougher stance toward North Korea? Can President Jae-In successfully balance his nation’s relationship with the United States and China, both multi-billion dollar trading partners of South Korea? Mr. Snyder discusses key themes in his book, which includes an overarching advocacy for a continued strong relationship between the United States and South Korea, now allies for over four decades.