Possible Thaw in Chilly South Korean-Japanese Relations
July 24, 2014
Possible Thaw in Chilly South Korean-Japanese Relations
Tokyo is moving on several fronts as it seeks to smooth over last month’s Kono Statement review.
Possible Thaw in Chilly South Korean-Japanese Relations
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
Bilateral Talks Show Where Northeast Asian Leverage Lies
July 17, 2014
Bilateral Talks Show Where Northeast Asian Leverage Lies
Talks show that Japan has created an interesting, if short-term window of opportunity.
Bilateral Talks Show Where Northeast Asian Leverage Lies
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
South Korea: Dependence in the Age of OPCON
July 09, 2014
South Korea: Dependence in the Age of OPCON
The transfer of wartime operational control is part of larger questions about the US-ROK alliance.
South Korea: Dependence in the Age of OPCON
Seoul’s Middle-Power Turn in Samarkand?
July 08, 2014
Seoul’s Middle-Power Turn in Samarkand?
Park Geun-hye’s recent trip to Central Asia was a great deal more than it seemed.
Seoul’s Middle-Power Turn in Samarkand?
Is a China-South Korea Alliance Possible?
July 08, 2014
Is a China-South Korea Alliance Possible?
Though unlikely in the short run, a Sino-South Korean alliance is a real possibility down the line.
Is a China-South Korea Alliance Possible?
China’s Charm Offensive Toward South Korea
July 08, 2014
China’s Charm Offensive Toward South Korea
China's charm offensive toward South Korea could have implications for the U.S.-ROK alliance.
China’s Charm Offensive Toward South Korea
Northeast Asia's Diplomatic Status Quo Persists
July 04, 2014
Northeast Asia's Diplomatic Status Quo Persists
There is a flurry of diplomatic activity in Northeast Asia this week, but are things really changing?
Northeast Asia's Diplomatic Status Quo Persists
China-South Korea Ties: Moving Beyond North Korea
July 04, 2014
China-South Korea Ties: Moving Beyond North Korea
North Korea will always loom large in China-South Korea ties, but Beijing and Seoul are trying to move beyond that.
China-South Korea Ties: Moving Beyond North Korea
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
The Future of English in Korea
June 29, 2014
The Future of English in Korea
President Park Geun-hye’s confident use of English points to changing attitudes and ability for Koreans.
The Future of English in Korea
South Korea and the Trilateral Dilemma
June 28, 2014
South Korea and the Trilateral Dilemma
Can Seoul overcome domestic sentiment on Japan and agree to trilateral cooperation on military intelligence sharing?
South Korea and the Trilateral Dilemma
US, China Harbor Concerns About RIMPAC
June 28, 2014
US, China Harbor Concerns About RIMPAC
Plus, Xi's anti-corruption campaign, trouble for foreign NGOs, and Xi's visit to Korea. Friday China links.
US, China Harbor Concerns About RIMPAC
PM Nominee Withdrawals Amid Seoul Gridlock
June 24, 2014
PM Nominee Withdrawals Amid Seoul Gridlock
As Xi prepares to visit Seoul, South Korea is confounded by bad blood with Japan and its government grinding to a halt.
PM Nominee Withdrawals Amid Seoul Gridlock
The Complex China-South Korea Relationship
June 18, 2014
The Complex China-South Korea Relationship
An upcoming visit by Xi Jinping to South Korea will likely leave much unsaid.
The Complex China-South Korea Relationship
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