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North Korea Flies Trash Balloons Over the South as Kim Jong Un Doubles Down on Satellite Ambitions

North Korea Flies Trash Balloons Over the South as Kim Jong Un Doubles Down on Satellite Ambitions

By Kim Tong-hyung
The balloons, laden with trash and manure, were characterized by North Korean officials as a response to South Korean leafleting campaigns. 

South Korea Is Spiraling Toward a Polarized Justice System 

South Korea Is Spiraling Toward a Polarized Justice System 

By James Constant
Public faith in South Korea’s justice system was already low. With rival investigative agencies both tainted with naked partisanship, the situation is only worsening.
Will Frozen China-South Korea Relations Thaw as Seoul Hosts Upcoming Trilateral Summit?

Will Frozen China-South Korea Relations Thaw as Seoul Hosts Upcoming Trilateral Summit?

By Seong-Hyon Lee
Chinese Premier Li Qiang’s expected visit for the summit will be a crucial indicator of the future of strained Seoul-Beijing relations under South Korea’s pro-U.S. President Yoon Suk-yeol.

South Korean Court Rejects Effort to Block Plan That Would Boost Medical School Admissions

South Korean Court Rejects Effort to Block Plan That Would Boost Medical School Admissions

By Hyung-jin Kim
A standoff between the government and doctors opposed to the plan has shaken the country’s medical system for months.

The Great Debate Over South Korea Developing Nuclear Weapons Is Back

The Great Debate Over South Korea Developing Nuclear Weapons Is Back

By Mitch Shin
Despite a destabilized Korean Peninsula due to North Korean missile developments, acquiring nuclear weapons would be a dead end for Seoul.

South Korea’s Tortuous Reckoning With the Itaewon Tragedy

South Korea’s Tortuous Reckoning With the Itaewon Tragedy

By Eunwoo Lee
A special counsel finally takes off after more than 550 days of the government’s dawdling and muddling. 

South Korea’s Parliament Approves Independent Investigation of Deadly 2022 Halloween Crush

South Korea’s Parliament Approves Independent Investigation of Deadly 2022 Halloween Crush

By Hyung-jin Kim
The crush that killed 159 people was one of the biggest peacetime disasters in South Korea.
Transitional Justice in South Korea: A Turn to the Courts?

Transitional Justice in South Korea: A Turn to the Courts?

By Andrew Wolman
It seems as if the era of truth commissions may be winding down. What next for Korea’s transitional justice project? 

South Korea’s Opposition Leader Urges President Yoon to Allow Special Investigations

South Korea’s Opposition Leader Urges President Yoon to Allow Special Investigations

By Hyung-jin Kim
After the opposition’s landslide victory in legislative polls, Yoon held his first meeting with Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung since taking office.

North Korea Sends Workers to Russia-Occupied Territory in Eastern Ukraine

North Korea Sends Workers to Russia-Occupied Territory in Eastern Ukraine

By Seulkee Jang
Pyongyang made the decision after concluding that Russia had gained the upper hand in its war with Ukraine.

When China Banned Korean Boy Bands

When China Banned Korean Boy Bands

By Khalifah Muhammad and Brandon Valeriano
Back in 2017, when South Korea opted to deploy the U.S. THAAD system, one response from China was to ban K-pop acts from touring the country. It was a reminder of the salience of soft power.
India-South Korea-US Trilateral Technology Cooperation

India-South Korea-US Trilateral Technology Cooperation

By Wondeuk Cho and Simran Walia
New developments mark a turning point for the India-South Korea special strategic partnership.

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