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Helping South Korean Adoptees Return to Their Birth Country

Helping South Korean Adoptees Return to Their Birth Country

By Lance Brownfield
The Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link has been vital in pushing for a special visa status and other services to help Koreans adopted abroad reconnect with South Korea.

Understanding Satellite Parties in South Korea and Their Dangers to Democracy

Understanding Satellite Parties in South Korea and Their Dangers to Democracy

By Jinwan Park
In South Korea, major political forces make strategic use of satellite parties to exploit the semi-mixed-member proportional representation system.
South Korean Government Warns Striking Doctors to Return to Work or Face Legal Action

South Korean Government Warns Striking Doctors to Return to Work or Face Legal Action

By Hyung-jin Kim
About 7,800 medical interns and residents in South Korea have walked off their jobs this week to protest the government’s push to recruit more medical students.

North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024

North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
A new policy direction seems to be emerging.

South Korea in Political Disarray Ahead of the April Parliamentary Elections

South Korea in Political Disarray Ahead of the April Parliamentary Elections

By Hyung-A Kim
Both President Yoon and his PPP and the opposition Democratic Party face leadership struggles and public backlash. 

North Korea Welcomes Russian Tourists, Likely Its First Since the Pandemic

North Korea Welcomes Russian Tourists, Likely Its First Since the Pandemic

By Emma Burrows
The trip was a surprise to Asia observers, who had expected the first post-pandemic tourists to North Korea to come from China, the North’s biggest diplomatic ally and economic pipeline.

President Yoon Finally Addresses the First Lady’s Dior Pouch Controversy

President Yoon Finally Addresses the First Lady’s Dior Pouch Controversy

By Eunwoo Lee
The pre-taped interview, timed for the Lunar New Year holiday, did little to assuage public anger and questions about Kim Keon-hee's political role.
South Korean President Reiterates That Seoul Will Not Seek Its Own Nuclear Deterrent

South Korean President Reiterates That Seoul Will Not Seek Its Own Nuclear Deterrent

By Kim Tong-hyung
Ultimately, Yoon said, acquiring nuclear weapons isn't a realistic option as the ensuing sanctions would ruin the country’s trade-dependent economy.

An ‘Orange Revolution’ in South Korean Politics?

An ‘Orange Revolution’ in South Korean Politics?

By Yong-Shik Lee
Ousted PPP chair Lee Jun-seok has started his own political party. Will his New Reform Party become a force to be reckoned with?

South Korean Police Investigating 14-year-old Boy as Suspect of Attack on Lawmaker

South Korean Police Investigating 14-year-old Boy as Suspect of Attack on Lawmaker

By Kim Tong-hyung
The attack Thursday on Bae Hyunjin, a member of the conservative ruling party, came just weeks after a man stabbed opposition leader Lee Jae-myung in the neck.

North Korea Appears to Demolish ‘Reunification Arch’ as Kim Jong Un Turns Against Ties With South

North Korea Appears to Demolish ‘Reunification Arch’ as Kim Jong Un Turns Against Ties With South

By Kim Tong-hyung
The apparent demolition comes less than a month after Kim announced that his country would no longer pursue reconciliation with the South.
Relitigating the Past: How to Overcome Recent Court Cases and Strengthen the Japan-South Korea Relationship 

Relitigating the Past: How to Overcome Recent Court Cases and Strengthen the Japan-South Korea Relationship 

By Cornelius Cornelssen
Two recent legal rulings in South Korea are once again threatening to unravel the relationship.

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