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What’s Next for Moon’s North Korea Policy?
October 19, 2020

What’s Next for Moon’s North Korea Policy?

By Hae Won Jeong
The Moon Jae-in administration continues to call for an end-of-war declaration. Is that realistic?

South Korea Looks to Cap Public Debt, But Is It Actually a Problem?
October 16, 2020

South Korea Looks to Cap Public Debt, But Is It Actually a Problem?

By Kyle Ferrier
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has heavily leaned on government spending to drive growth. But overall debt remains relatively low.
North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea
October 13, 2020

North Korea’s No-Mask Military Parade Angers South Korea

By Tae-jun Kang
Apparently North Korea’s commitment to fighting COVID-19 – which saw a South Korean official killed in early October – has its limits.

North Korea Strengthens Propaganda Efforts Ahead of Key Party Anniversary
October 09, 2020

North Korea Strengthens Propaganda Efforts Ahead of Key Party Anniversary

By Tae-jun Kang
There hasn't been much to celebrate in North Korea this year. But with a key anniversary looming, the propaganda machine is trying to set a more festive mood.

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?
October 07, 2020

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?

By Timothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, Andi Dahmer, and Isabel Eliassen
Early on, South Korea was touted as a model of COVID-19 containment. Does the public still approve of the government’s approach?

South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests
October 05, 2020

South Korea Baffled by Stop-and-Search, Police Bus Walls During Protests

By Tae-jun Kang
Moves to disrupt anti-government protests were justified as a COVID-19 response measure, but many suspect a darker motivation.

What Influences South Korean Perceptions on Immigration?
October 05, 2020

What Influences South Korean Perceptions on Immigration?

By Timothy S. Rich, Carolyn Brueggemann, Kaitlyn Bison and Michael King
The assumption remains that the public prefers ethnic Korean immigration, but is that true?
What Should Be on the Agenda for US-Korea Relations?
October 02, 2020

What Should Be on the Agenda for US-Korea Relations?

By Troy Stangarone
Americans, in general, have a favorable opinion of South Korea. There’s ample appetite for expanding cooperation along several avenues.

What is Behind Kim Jong Un’s Apology for the Killing of a South Korean?
October 01, 2020

What is Behind Kim Jong Un’s Apology for the Killing of a South Korean?

By Khang Vu
Kim’s quick apology came as a surprise -- don't mistake it for sincerity.

Kim Jong Un Apologizes Over Shooting Death of South Korean
September 25, 2020

Kim Jong Un Apologizes Over Shooting Death of South Korean

By Associated Press
South Korean officials said the North Korean leader had issued a rare apology, likely to de-escalate tensions after the shocking incident.

Role of Unification Ministry Questioned After South Korean Official Shot Dead by the North
September 25, 2020

Role of Unification Ministry Questioned After South Korean Official Shot Dead by the North

By Tae-jun Kang
The gruesome incident has raised old questions about the ministry's role and purpose.
Seoul Says North Korea Killed South Korean Official, Burned His Body
September 24, 2020

Seoul Says North Korea Killed South Korean Official, Burned His Body

By Associated Press
The official disappeared from a government boat near the disputed inter-Korean maritime boundary. How he wound up in North Korean waters is a mystery.

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