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Elaine Ramirez

Elaine Ramirez covers the Koreas with a focus on economics, business, and technology. Based in Seoul since 2009, she has written and edited for The Korea Herald, Groove Korea, and Tech in Asia. She tweets @elainegija.

South Korean President Leaves Her Fate To Feuding Lawmakers
November 30, 2016
South Korean President Leaves Her Fate To Feuding Lawmakers
The embattled Park Geun-hye may be betting on political deadlock to deflect an impending impeachment motion.
South Korean President Leaves Her Fate To Feuding Lawmakers
How Is the Presidential Scandal Impacting South Korea's Diplomacy?
November 25, 2016
How Is the Presidential Scandal Impacting South Korea's Diplomacy?
The short-term fallout is limited, but Park's weakness at a time of geopolitical flux could have long-term consequences.
How Is the Presidential Scandal Impacting South Korea's Diplomacy?
South Korea Fears Trump Wild Card on Pyongyang
November 10, 2016
South Korea Fears Trump Wild Card on Pyongyang
With South Korea beset by scandal and Trump headed to the White House, where does that leave the U.S.-ROK alliance?
South Korea Fears Trump Wild Card on Pyongyang
Choi-Gate: South Korean President Cleans out Cabinet, Public Not Assuaged
November 05, 2016
Choi-Gate: South Korean President Cleans out Cabinet, Public Not Assuaged
Subjecting herself to an investigation but refusing to step down, a humiliated Park Geun-hye all but admits defeat.
Choi-Gate: South Korean President Cleans out Cabinet, Public Not Assuaged
South Koreans Call for President’s Impeachment Over Influence Scandal
October 28, 2016
South Koreans Call for President’s Impeachment Over Influence Scandal
A crisis over presidential influence from outside the Blue House could be Park Geun-hye’s ultimate undoing.
South Koreans Call for President’s Impeachment Over Influence Scandal
South Korea to America: Please Elect Hillary Clinton
October 03, 2016
South Korea to America: Please Elect Hillary Clinton
South Koreans are her biggest fans in Asia, but those hoping for more engagement could be disappointed.
South Korea to America: Please Elect Hillary Clinton
No More Free Lunch for South Korean Journalists
September 29, 2016
No More Free Lunch for South Korean Journalists
A strict new anti-graft act criminalizes bribes, gifts, and lunches over $30, and could impact the overall economy.
No More Free Lunch for South Korean Journalists
South Korean Labor Strike Streak Fizzles Out
September 24, 2016
South Korean Labor Strike Streak Fizzles Out
Trickle-down labor reforms aimed to revive dismal economy, but lack safety net for bottom rung.
South Korean Labor Strike Streak Fizzles Out
Ban Ki-moon Keeps Presidential Option Open
May 26, 2016
Ban Ki-moon Keeps Presidential Option Open
The UN secretary general leaves the door open for a presidential run in 2017.
Ban Ki-moon Keeps Presidential Option Open
South Korea Sizing up Presidential Options
May 12, 2016
South Korea Sizing up Presidential Options
South Korea Sizing up Presidential Options
Iran Tour Strengthens South Korea’s Middle Power Grab
May 05, 2016
Iran Tour Strengthens South Korea’s Middle Power Grab
Making friends with North Korea’s allies could pry loose Pyongyang’s grip.
Iran Tour Strengthens South Korea’s Middle Power Grab
North Korea’s Missile Threat: No Longer Crying Wolf
April 26, 2016
North Korea’s Missile Threat: No Longer Crying Wolf
By the time Seoul and Washington finally act on Pyongyang, it could be too late.
North Korea’s Missile Threat: No Longer Crying Wolf
New Third Party Stuns Mainstream in South Korea’s Elections
April 14, 2016
New Third Party Stuns Mainstream in South Korea’s Elections
As the ruling conservatives tumble, a liberal defector now holds the final say in parliament.
New Third Party Stuns Mainstream in South Korea’s Elections
History Repeats in South Korea’s Crumbling Opposition
April 05, 2016
History Repeats in South Korea’s Crumbling Opposition
At the center of controversy is fallen rebel Ahn Cheol-soo.
History Repeats in South Korea’s Crumbling Opposition
South Korean Political Parties' Newest Weapon: Music Videos
March 29, 2016
South Korean Political Parties' Newest Weapon: Music Videos
The catchy tunes belie intense in-fighting and defections on both sides.
South Korean Political Parties' Newest Weapon: Music Videos
Can a Right Wing Defector Save Korea's Liberal Opposition?
March 22, 2016
Can a Right Wing Defector Save Korea's Liberal Opposition?
For South Korea's liberal camp, a hero rises from the right: Kim Chong-in.
Can a Right Wing Defector Save Korea's Liberal Opposition?
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