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Yoon and Biden Hold 1st Summit Meeting in Seoul
May 23, 2022

Yoon and Biden Hold 1st Summit Meeting in Seoul

By Mitch Shin
U.S. President Joe Biden visited South Korea from May 20 to May 22 and discussed regional issues with new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.

What Comes Next in North Korea’s Battle With Omicron?
May 19, 2022

What Comes Next in North Korea’s Battle With Omicron?

By Justin Fendos
How bad might North Korea’s first COVID-19 outbreak get, and what options does the international community have in responding?
Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-US Summit? 
May 17, 2022

Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-US Summit? 

By Gi-Wook Shin and Kelsi Caywood
Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis
May 16, 2022

North Korea’s COVID-19 Crisis

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang may resort to a nuclear test when it fails to prevent the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. 

North Korea Reports 6 Deaths After Admitting COVID-19 Outbreak
May 13, 2022

North Korea Reports 6 Deaths After Admitting COVID-19 Outbreak

By Kim Tong-Hyung and Hyung-Jin Kim
North Korea says there have been 350,000 cases of fever – including 18,000 on Thursday alone – but it's unclear how many of those with symptoms actually have COVID-19.

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe
May 12, 2022

North Korea Confirms Omicron Case, Raising Fears of a COVID Catastrophe

By Shannon Tiezzi
China’s example raises serious questions about how North Korea can possibly hope to combat the virus.

South Korea’s New Government Looks to Reinvigorate Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral
May 11, 2022

South Korea’s New Government Looks to Reinvigorate Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral

By Eunil Cho
New President Yoon Suk-yeol has been clear about his intentions. Putting rhetoric into practice will prove more difficult, but not impossible.
At Inauguration, Yoon Suk-yeol Shows Old-School Approach to North Korea
May 10, 2022

At Inauguration, Yoon Suk-yeol Shows Old-School Approach to North Korea

By Mitch Shin
During his inauguration speech, South Korea’s new president floated the possibility of providing economic packages to Pyongyang in return for denuclearization.

Pyongyang Pays South Korean Citizens in Crypto to Sell Military Secrets
May 09, 2022

Pyongyang Pays South Korean Citizens in Crypto to Sell Military Secrets

By Jason Bartlett
Cryptocurrency is not only a financial asset to steal and launder, but also a lucrative tool to help fund global espionage and recruit foreign agents.

How Will South Korea’s New President Approach Russia’s Ukraine Invasion?
May 07, 2022

How Will South Korea’s New President Approach Russia’s Ukraine Invasion?

By Andrew Yeo
Taking a stand on the Ukraine crisis will bring both opportunities and risk for the incoming Yoon administration.

Has Moon Jae-in’s North Korea Peace Process Failed?
May 04, 2022

Has Moon Jae-in’s North Korea Peace Process Failed?

By Mitch Shin
Conservatives – including President-elect Yoon – argue that the initiative damaged the South Korea-U.S. alliance. But would South Korea really have been better off without President Moon’s peace process?
Will BTS Join the Real Army?
May 03, 2022

Will BTS Join the Real Army?

By Brandon Valeriano and Aleydis Nissen
BTS joining the Korean military is a compulsory obligation, one with increased meaning as tension builds on the Korean Peninsula and around the world.

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