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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

Posts by Yong Kwon
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.

August 05, 2014

South Korea Is Not a Revisionist Power

By Yong Kwon
Even as it deepens ties with China, South Korea takes steps to bolster the U.S.-led regional order.
August 03, 2014

How South Korea’s Liberals Lost Their Way

By Yong Kwon
Last month’s by-election underscored the weakness of South Korea’s liberal movement, and its need to reinvent itself.

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