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South Korea Tightens Regulations on Cryptocurrencies
July 03, 2021

South Korea Tightens Regulations on Cryptocurrencies

By Troy Stangarone
Concerned about the potential for financial crimes, Seoul is tightening rules. Critics say it could force cryptocurrencies out of the market altogether.
Can North Korea Survive Without Its Chairman?
July 02, 2021

Can North Korea Survive Without Its Chairman?

By Chan Young Bang
For all intents and purposes, Kim Jong Un is the DPRK. Such a system won't survive a leadership transition at this juncture.

Kim Jong Un’s Comments Reflect Growing Fear Over North Korea’s Food Crisis 
June 30, 2021

Kim Jong Un’s Comments Reflect Growing Fear Over North Korea’s Food Crisis 

By Mitch Shin
The COVID-19 pandemic and U.S.-led economic sanctions have pushed the North toward an economic catastrophe.

South Korea Fails to Recognize Its Capacity to Shape the Indo-Pacific
June 30, 2021

South Korea Fails to Recognize Its Capacity to Shape the Indo-Pacific

By Hayley Channer
Rather than develop its own Indo-Pacific strategy, Seoul is forfeiting the chance to have a greater say over the regional security order.

South Korea’s New Southern Policy: The Indonesia Dimension
June 29, 2021

South Korea’s New Southern Policy: The Indonesia Dimension

By Noto Suoneto
President Moon's policy seems tailor-made for Indonesia, but much more can be done to improve the relationship between the two nations.
How a South Korean Gas Project Got Caught up in the Myanmar Coup
June 29, 2021

How a South Korean Gas Project Got Caught up in the Myanmar Coup

By Sinmyung Park
The Shwe natural gas project in the Andaman Sea sits at the multifaceted nexus of international security, capitalism, and human rights.

North Korea’s Economy Continues to Show Warning Signs
June 25, 2021

North Korea’s Economy Continues to Show Warning Signs

By Seulkee Jang
North Korean commodity prices skyrocket in some regions while currency exchange rates continue to plummet.
What Is North Korea Trying to Tell the US?
June 24, 2021

What Is North Korea Trying to Tell the US?

By Mitch Shin
Pyongyang and Washington have shown different interpretations of Kim Jong Un’s latest remarks about possible talks with the Biden administration.

Bank of Korea Highlights Risks to COVID-19 Economic Recovery
June 24, 2021

Bank of Korea Highlights Risks to COVID-19 Economic Recovery

By Kyle Ferrier
The latest Financially Stability Report provides a picture of South Korea’s overall financial health – and there’s some worrying news.

A Revival of North Korean Communism?
June 22, 2021

A Revival of North Korean Communism?

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
The rhetoric is there. But what does it mean?

South Korean Female Sergeant’s Death Highlight Military’s Problem With Sexual Assault
June 14, 2021

South Korean Female Sergeant’s Death Highlight Military’s Problem With Sexual Assault

By Mitch Shin
The Ministry of National Defense promised a thorough investigation into the case, but critics say it’s too little, too late.
After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?
June 10, 2021

After the Latest Forced Labor Court Ruling, Where Do Japan-South Korea Relations Stand?

By Troy Stangarone
The Seoul Central District Court ruling might help lower temperatures, but a political solution is needed to improve South Korea’s relations with Japan.

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