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Kim Jung-un and the ‘Supreme Leader System’
December 06, 2021

Kim Jung-un and the ‘Supreme Leader System’

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
After 30 years, the model is still alive and well.

Why South Korea Fell Behind Japan in Southeast Asia
December 01, 2021

Why South Korea Fell Behind Japan in Southeast Asia

By Adam Gadd
Ironically, South Korea and ASEAN's shared desire to avoid confronting China may be limiting Seoul's attractiveness as a strategic partner for the region.
Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?
November 25, 2021

Why Has North Korea Struggled to Normalize Trade With China?

By Troy Stangarone
Since North Korea slammed its borders shut in the initial stage of the pandemic, it has made several motions toward resuming normal trade. None has panned out.

Ex-South Korean Strongman Chun Doo-hwan Dies at Age 90
November 24, 2021

Ex-South Korean Strongman Chun Doo-hwan Dies at Age 90

By Hyung-jin Kim
Chun's rule, from 1979 to 1988, was marked both by severe political repression as well as rapid social and economic changes. He is most famous for ordering the Gwangju massacre, for which he never apologized.

Moon’s Inter-Korea Peace Process Deadlocked in China-US Tensions
November 23, 2021

Moon’s Inter-Korea Peace Process Deadlocked in China-US Tensions

By Mitch Shin
U.S. President Joe Biden has opened the possibility of a diplomatic boycott for the Beijing Winter Olympics, potentially killing the final hope the Moon administration had to see productive results.

How to Deliver Relief to North Koreans Without Lifting Sanctions
November 20, 2021

How to Deliver Relief to North Koreans Without Lifting Sanctions

By Aaron Arnold
To address the grim humanitarian situation in North Korea, countries should get smart about implementing sanctions, not lift them.

What Will South Korea’s Presidential Election Mean for Japan Ties?
November 18, 2021

What Will South Korea’s Presidential Election Mean for Japan Ties?

By Mitch Shin
Along with their different policies on North Korea, the two candidates also have different perspectives on Japan. 
Why Did the 2015 Japan-Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Fall Apart?
November 18, 2021

Why Did the 2015 Japan-Korea ‘Comfort Women’ Agreement Fall Apart?

By Yuji Hosaka
The agreement was flawed from the beginning, and continued denialism from the Japanese government undermined its spirit.

The Essence of North Korea’s ‘Our State First’
November 18, 2021

The Essence of North Korea’s ‘Our State First’

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
An expression offers insight into an inscrutable country.

How South Korea Is Attempting to Tackle Fake News
November 17, 2021

How South Korea Is Attempting to Tackle Fake News

By Hyejin Kim
South Korea is attempting to deal with the now-universal issue of disinformation. So why did its draft bill attract such fierce criticism?

South Korea Expects to Make Big Announcement on ‘End-of-War’ Declaration
November 16, 2021

South Korea Expects to Make Big Announcement on ‘End-of-War’ Declaration

By Mitch Shin
South Korea and the U.S. have shown different views on the timing and sequence of an end-of-war declaration, but Seoul implies that significant progress has been made.
What Did South Korea Promise at COP26?
November 12, 2021

What Did South Korea Promise at COP26?

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea is among the world’s most carbon intense economies. What changes is Seoul willing to make?

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