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As Approval Rating Declines, Moon Reshuffles Cabinet Ministers 
April 20, 2021

As Approval Rating Declines, Moon Reshuffles Cabinet Ministers 

By Mitch Shin
Following setbacks at the polls, President Moon is hoping to stave off lame-duck status by shaking up his cabinet.

What Does South Korea Think of the China-US COVID Blame Game?
April 16, 2021

What Does South Korea Think of the China-US COVID Blame Game?

By Arpit Raswant and Jiye Kim
South Korean discourses are notably critical of both the Chinese and U.S. positions amid the ongoing pandemic.
7 Years After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Bereaved Families Still Urge Government to Reveal the Truth
April 16, 2021

7 Years After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Bereaved Families Still Urge Government to Reveal the Truth

By Mitch Shin
Four years into a new presidential administration that promised transparency, families say key questions still remain shrouded in mystery.  

Is North Korea Returning to Diplomacy?
April 16, 2021

Is North Korea Returning to Diplomacy?

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
Signs are emerging of a resumption of a diplomatic activity by Kim Jong Un.

How South Korean Soldiers and YouTube Catapulted a K-Pop Girl Group to Fame
April 15, 2021

How South Korean Soldiers and YouTube Catapulted a K-Pop Girl Group to Fame

By Jenna Gibson
Brave Girls hit it big after a viral video popularized a four-year-old song.

Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.
April 12, 2021

Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.

By Troy Stangarone
With its borders still locked down, North Korea isn’t benefiting from China’s return to growth. That’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Why Did Young South Koreans Ditch the Democratic Party and President Moon?
April 09, 2021

Why Did Young South Koreans Ditch the Democratic Party and President Moon?

By Seoho Lee
In the crucial by-elections, young voters turned away from the ruling party they once supported. What happened?
Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon
April 08, 2021

Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon

By Mitch Shin
The ruling Democratic Party failed to keep the mayor positions in the country’s two biggest cities in by-elections on Wednesday. 

North Korea Says It Won’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics
April 06, 2021

North Korea Says It Won’t Participate in Tokyo Olympics

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Pyongyang cited concerns over COVID-19 for its decision. Its absence from the Games further dims hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.

South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy
April 05, 2021

South Korea Talks With China, Japan, and US in Flurry of Diplomacy

By Mitch Shin
South Korea’s foreign minister traveled to China while the country’s national security chief attended a meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts in Washington.

How Will the Global Semiconductor Crunch Impact South Korea?
April 01, 2021

How Will the Global Semiconductor Crunch Impact South Korea?

By Kyle Ferrier
Most South Korean conglomerates have weathered the shortage much better than their global competitors. That could change as early as this month.
North Korea Takes Aim at Seoul as Biden Mulls Policy Options
March 30, 2021

North Korea Takes Aim at Seoul as Biden Mulls Policy Options

By Mitch Shin
After Pyongyang's resumed missile testing, Seoul and Washington are having difficulties finding a way to resume dialogue.

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