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South Korea’s Local Governments Rise to the Occasion
January 15, 2022

South Korea’s Local Governments Rise to the Occasion

By Yong Kwon
Local governments are pursuing unorthodox policy responses – from universal basic income to a government-backed food delivery app – to national challenges.

North Korea Will Skip Beijing Winter Olympics 
January 07, 2022

North Korea Will Skip Beijing Winter Olympics 

By Mitch Shin
North Korea decided not to participate in the Beijing Olympics due to “hostile forces” and the pandemic.
North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger
January 07, 2022

North Korea’s Strict COVID-19 Policies Undermine Kim Jong Un’s Goal of Ending Hunger

By Troy Stangarone
Dismal trade figures for 2021 attest to the toll the North’s border closures are taking on its food supply.

North Korea’s ‘Strategic Patience’
January 05, 2022

North Korea’s ‘Strategic Patience’

By Mitch Shin
Recent developments suggest North Korea is adopting its own version of “strategic patience”: ignoring diplomatic outreach until the situation turns in its favor.

Seoul: North Korea Defector Likely Made Rare Border Crossing
January 04, 2022

Seoul: North Korea Defector Likely Made Rare Border Crossing

By Hyung-Jin Kim
The South Korean military said a person – now believed to be a North Korean who had defected in 2020 – crawled over a barbed-wire fence to cross into North Korea.

South Korea and US Agree on Draft End-of-War Declaration ‘In Principle’
December 29, 2021

South Korea and US Agree on Draft End-of-War Declaration ‘In Principle’

By Mitch Shin
South Korea says it has agreed, in principle, with the U.S. on a draft end-of-war declaration, but North Korea has continued to refuse to participate. 

K-pop Fandom’s Climate Change Rebellion
December 27, 2021

K-pop Fandom’s Climate Change Rebellion

By Mai Anna Pressley
Socially conscious K-pop fans are demanding more from South Korean entertainment companies. Can this lead to meaningful adoption of environmental policies in the industry?
Impeached President Park, Jailed for Corruption, Pardoned by Moon
December 24, 2021

Impeached President Park, Jailed for Corruption, Pardoned by Moon

By Hyung-Jin Kim
Moon's liberal government said the pardon of his conservative predecessor is meant to promote national unity.

A Bipartisan Consensus on South Korea’s Foreign Policy?
December 24, 2021

A Bipartisan Consensus on South Korea’s Foreign Policy?

By Hae Kyung Ahn
The foreign policy platforms of the two leading candidates in South Korea’s upcoming presidential election are more alike than they are different.

What South Korea Can Learn From India on Diplomatic Balancing
December 22, 2021

What South Korea Can Learn From India on Diplomatic Balancing

By Jong Eun Lee
India’s diplomacy with Russia and the U.S. holds lessons for Seoul’s China-U.S. balancing act.

Is South Korean Culture a Threat to North Korea?
December 18, 2021

Is South Korean Culture a Threat to North Korea?

By Seohee Kwak
The North Korean regime’s repression of South Korean culture reflects a logic that equates foreign culture with a threat to the regime’s stability. 
Outlining the South Korean Presidential Candidates’ Technology Plans
December 17, 2021

Outlining the South Korean Presidential Candidates’ Technology Plans

By Sang Kim
The election results will determine South Korea's approach to cutting-edge technology like AI, Internet of Things, and the metaverse.

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