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Biden Should Embrace South Korea’s Strategic Nondecision on the Quad
March 05, 2021

Biden Should Embrace South Korea’s Strategic Nondecision on the Quad

By James Park
If the U.S. can seek cooperation without pushing South Korea directly into the U.S.-China crossfire, why not take that path? 

Can Southeast Asia Follow South Korea’s Democratization Model?
March 05, 2021

Can Southeast Asia Follow South Korea’s Democratization Model?

By Choi Seong Hyeon
Democratic movements in Myanmar and Thailand may face more challenges than South Korea did in the late 20th century.
Photos Show North Korea May Be Trying to Extract Plutonium
March 05, 2021

Photos Show North Korea May Be Trying to Extract Plutonium

By Associated Press
In January, Kim vowed to enlarge the North's nuclear arsenal and disclosed an array of high-tech weapons systems targeting the United States.

Migrant Workers Face Dire Conditions at South Korean Farms
March 05, 2021

Migrant Workers Face Dire Conditions at South Korean Farms

By Associated Press
The death of a Cambodian worker last year attracted new attention to long-standing problems of overwork, lack of medical access, and mistreatment.

Why Did Thousands of K-Pop Songs Disappear From Spotify?
March 04, 2021

Why Did Thousands of K-Pop Songs Disappear From Spotify?

By Jenna Gibson
Kakao Entertainment and the streaming service were unable to reach a licensing extension -- just as Spotify entered the Korean market.

South Korea’s Cryptocurrency Craze
March 03, 2021

South Korea’s Cryptocurrency Craze

By Hayoung Seo
Can a cryptocurrency boom in South Korea give a boost for a centralized digital currency?

South Korea, US Prepare to Conduct Joint Military Exercise 
March 02, 2021

South Korea, US Prepare to Conduct Joint Military Exercise 

By Mitch Shin
Between talks with North Korea and the COVID-19 pandemic, this will reportedly be the third year in a row where exercises are held only via computer simulation.
North Korea Ordered to Pay $2.3 Billion Over Pueblo Incident
March 02, 2021

North Korea Ordered to Pay $2.3 Billion Over Pueblo Incident

By Luke Hunt
Government-appointed "special master" says crew members suffered long-lasting aftereffects, both psychological and physical.

COVID-19 Has Widened South Korea’s Gender Gap
February 26, 2021

COVID-19 Has Widened South Korea’s Gender Gap

By Troy Stangarone
As in many countries, the pandemic has had an outsized impact on women.

A Korean Poet Is the Latest Example of China’s ‘Cultural Imperialism’
February 26, 2021

A Korean Poet Is the Latest Example of China’s ‘Cultural Imperialism’

By Choi Seong Hyeon
Baidu’s introduction of a popular Korean poet as “Chinese” adds more fuel to the theory that China is trying to “steal” Korean cultural icons.

Korean Volleyball Players’ Abuse Case Triggers National Reckoning on Toxic Sports Culture 
February 23, 2021

Korean Volleyball Players’ Abuse Case Triggers National Reckoning on Toxic Sports Culture 

By Mitch Shin
Following reports alleging physical and verbal abuse by two female national volleyball team players, more and more professional athletes have been accused of bullying.  
Why South Korea Still Hasn’t Vaccinated Anyone 
February 18, 2021

Why South Korea Still Hasn’t Vaccinated Anyone 

By Justin Fendos
South Korea's delayed start to vaccinations is likely due to the government's initial preference for domestic production.

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