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Yong Kwon

Yong Kwon

Yong Kwon is the Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI).

Yong Kwon joined KEI as the Director of Communications in September 2018.

He came to KEI from the consulting firm The Asia Group, where he supported U.S. companies operating in East Asia. In addition to providing briefings on the political dynamics shaping the business environment, he assisted clients with their market entry and expansion campaigns. As part of this effort, he helped prepare a Houston-based energy company for off-take discussions with three of the largest players in South Korea’s petrochemical industry. He also helped a trade group research and develop a messaging campaign around the need for greater transparency and investment in Korea’s public healthcare sector.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Yong worked as a politics and business commentator. In addition to covering South Korea’s foreign policy for Asia Times Online, Yong served as the inaugural columnist for The Diplomat Magazine’s page on the Korean Peninsula.

Yong holds a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics where he focused on South Korea’s financial policies during the 1970s. He holds a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Posts by Yong Kwon
August 27, 2021

The Real Cause of Seoul’s Real Estate Bubble: Economic Anxiety

By Yong Kwon
Soaring real estate prices are deeply connected to structural issues with the South Korean economy.

July 29, 2021

South Korea’s Struggle With the Politics of Inclusion

By Yong Kwon
The obvious path out of South Korea’s demographic crisis is encouraging more immigrants and women to join the workforce. What’s standing in the way?
September 05, 2014

Are South Korea’s Best Days Behind Her?

By Yong Kwon
With South Korea's global competitiveness declining, its leaders struggle to turn things around.

August 31, 2014

Forget Sanctions: 3 Things Ailing North Korea

By Yong Kwon
North Korea may be impervious to sanctions, but not from climate change, Asia's economy and self-inflicted wounds

August 29, 2014

Forgetting the Lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis

By Yong Kwon
The disgraced former head of Daewoo Group is trying to rewrite the history of the Asian Financial Crisis.

August 29, 2014

The Uncertain Future of Liberalism in South Korea

By Yong Kwon
The Diplomat‘s Yong Kwon speaks to SinoNK's Steven Denney on the liberal movement in South Korean politics.
August 24, 2014

South Korean Steel and the Trans-Pacific Tariff War

By Yong Kwon
America's tariffs against South Korean steel are indicative are larger problems plaguing Asia's economies.

August 20, 2014

South Korea's Eurasia Ambitions

By Yong Kwon
The Park Geun-hye administration is using inter-Korean relations to bolster its larger regional strategy.

August 17, 2014

South Korea Lowers Interest Rates, Increases Uncertainty

By Yong Kwon
South Korea’s aggressive fiscal and monetary policies of the last few months have failed to cure its economic woes.

August 12, 2014

South Korea Wants to Restart Family Reunions

By Yong Kwon
The Park Geun-hye administration's new mandate has given Seoul the power to pursue more diplomacy with Pyongyang

August 12, 2014

South Korea Conscript Abuses

By Yong Kwon
More abuses of South Korean military conscripts highlight the urgent need for reforms.
August 07, 2014

Understanding North Korea's Behavior

By Yong Kwon
The Diplomat's Yong Kwon speaks to Steven Denney of SinoNK.

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