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Yong Kwon

Yong Kwon

Yong Kwon is a writer of Asia-Pacific history, economics, and geopolitics. He is the editor of the North Korea research blog Rice & Iron where he examines the nexus between North Korea’s monetary policy, industry, and agriculture. He holds a Master’s Degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Follow Yong on Twitter @ykwon88

Are South Korea’s Best Days Behind Her?
September 05, 2014
Are South Korea’s Best Days Behind Her?
With South Korea's global competitiveness declining, its leaders struggle to turn things around.
Are South Korea’s Best Days Behind Her?
Forget Sanctions: 3 Things Ailing North Korea
August 31, 2014
Forget Sanctions: 3 Things Ailing North Korea
North Korea may be impervious to sanctions, but not from climate change, Asia's economy and self-inflicted wounds
Forget Sanctions: 3 Things Ailing North Korea
Forgetting the Lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis
August 29, 2014
Forgetting the Lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis
The disgraced former head of Daewoo Group is trying to rewrite the history of the Asian Financial Crisis.
Forgetting the Lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis
The Uncertain Future of Liberalism in South Korea
August 29, 2014
The Uncertain Future of Liberalism in South Korea
The Diplomat‘s Yong Kwon speaks to SinoNK's Steven Denney on the liberal movement in South Korean politics.
The Uncertain Future of Liberalism in South Korea
South Korean Steel and the Trans-Pacific Tariff War
August 24, 2014
South Korean Steel and the Trans-Pacific Tariff War
America's tariffs against South Korean steel are indicative are larger problems plaguing Asia's economies.
South Korean Steel and the Trans-Pacific Tariff War
South Korea's Eurasia Ambitions
August 20, 2014
South Korea's Eurasia Ambitions
The Park Geun-hye administration is using inter-Korean relations to bolster its larger regional strategy.
South Korea's Eurasia Ambitions
South Korea Lowers Interest Rates, Increases Uncertainty
August 17, 2014
South Korea Lowers Interest Rates, Increases Uncertainty
South Korea’s aggressive fiscal and monetary policies of the last few months have failed to cure its economic woes.
South Korea Lowers Interest Rates, Increases Uncertainty
South Korea Wants to Restart Family Reunions
August 12, 2014
South Korea Wants to Restart Family Reunions
The Park Geun-hye administration's new mandate has given Seoul the power to pursue more diplomacy with Pyongyang
South Korea Wants to Restart Family Reunions
South Korea Conscript Abuses
August 12, 2014
South Korea Conscript Abuses
More abuses of South Korean military conscripts highlight the urgent need for reforms.
South Korea Conscript Abuses
Understanding North Korea's Behavior
August 07, 2014
Understanding North Korea's Behavior
The Diplomat's Yong Kwon speaks to Steven Denney of SinoNK.
Understanding North Korea's Behavior
South Korea Is Not a Revisionist Power
August 05, 2014
South Korea Is Not a Revisionist Power
Even as it deepens ties with China, South Korea takes steps to bolster the U.S.-led regional order.
South Korea Is Not a Revisionist Power
How South Korea’s Liberals Lost Their Way
August 03, 2014
How South Korea’s Liberals Lost Their Way
Last month’s by-election underscored the weakness of South Korea’s liberal movement, and its need to reinvent itself.
How South Korea’s Liberals Lost Their Way
South Korea’s Ruling Party Scores Big At Polls
July 31, 2014
South Korea’s Ruling Party Scores Big At Polls
The ruling Saenuri party took 11 seats in the by-election, giving it a strong majority in the legislature.
South Korea’s Ruling Party Scores Big At Polls
South Korea’s Free Trade Dilemma
July 25, 2014
South Korea’s Free Trade Dilemma
The agricultural sector demonstrates the challenges Seoul’s trade liberalization agenda faces.
South Korea’s Free Trade Dilemma
Why MH17 Is Not Korean Airlines Flight 007
July 21, 2014
Why MH17 Is Not Korean Airlines Flight 007
The downing of MH17 is vastly different from the shooting down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 in 1983.
Why MH17 Is Not Korean Airlines Flight 007
Why Korea Can’t Follow Germany’s Reunification Model
July 18, 2014
Why Korea Can’t Follow Germany’s Reunification Model
South Korea's Dresden Doctrine is destined to fail because it is based on the German example of reunification.
Why Korea Can’t Follow Germany’s Reunification Model
South Korea’s Ruling Party Braces for Defeat
July 16, 2014
South Korea’s Ruling Party Braces for Defeat
When South Koreans go to the polls later this month, the Saenuri Party is expected to lose.
South Korea’s Ruling Party Braces for Defeat
Korea and China’s Clashing Histories
July 11, 2014
Korea and China’s Clashing Histories
While China and South Korea denounce Japan’s history, they have their own conflicting historical narratives.
Korea and China’s Clashing Histories
Isolating Japan By Other Means
July 10, 2014
Isolating Japan By Other Means
A China-South Korean Free Trade Agreement would boost Seoul even as it undercut Tokyo.
Isolating Japan By Other Means
How South Korea Plays the ‘China’ Card
July 03, 2014
How South Korea Plays the ‘China’ Card
Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to South Korea is a boost to the Park administration on multiple fronts.
How South Korea Plays the ‘China’ Card
A Glimmer of Hope for Inter-Korean Dialogue
June 28, 2014
A Glimmer of Hope for Inter-Korean Dialogue
The Kaesong Committee’s recent meeting made little tangible progress but did set the stage for future meetings.
A Glimmer of Hope for Inter-Korean Dialogue
Demographic Shifts and South Korea’s Conscript Shootings
June 26, 2014
Demographic Shifts and South Korea’s Conscript Shootings
South Korea’s population decline is the unspoken factor behind conscript shootings in the military.
Demographic Shifts and South Korea’s Conscript Shootings
4 Signs Japan-South Korea Ties Aren’t Improving
June 20, 2014
4 Signs Japan-South Korea Ties Aren’t Improving
South Korea’s next ambassador to Japan will have a difficult job.
4 Signs Japan-South Korea Ties Aren’t Improving
South Korea’s Incoherent Economic Policy
June 19, 2014
South Korea’s Incoherent Economic Policy
The Park administration is struggling to craft policies that can address growing inequality and slowing growth.
South Korea’s Incoherent Economic Policy
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