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North Korean Workers Abroad Can’t Escape the Regime’s Human Rights Abuses

North Korean Workers Abroad Can’t Escape the Regime’s Human Rights Abuses

By Lee Sang Yong
The world must expand its channels of communication with North Koreans working overseas to prevent human rights abuse.
What’s Driving North Korea’s Frantic Military Development?

What’s Driving North Korea’s Frantic Military Development?

By Jung Jae-wook
Kim Jong Un is attempting to circumvent discontent at home with a strong show of military prowess. It's a dangerous game.

South Korean Detained Earlier This Year Is Accused of Espionage in Russia

South Korean Detained Earlier This Year Is Accused of Espionage in Russia

By Associated Press
The Russian state-run news agency TASS reported that a South Korean arrested in Vladivostok earlier this year has been taken to Moscow and charged with espionage.

North Korea: Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong’s First Messages to Japan

North Korea: Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong’s First Messages to Japan

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
What does the North Korean leadership have in mind?

South Korean Doctors Should Return to Duty

South Korean Doctors Should Return to Duty

By Eunwoo Lee
They are jeopardizing patients’ lives to safeguard their own privilege.
Even Without Sanctions, South Korea Significantly Reduced Fossil Fuel Imports From Russia

Even Without Sanctions, South Korea Significantly Reduced Fossil Fuel Imports From Russia

By Troy Stangarone
Seoul did not adopt sanctions on Russian fossil fuels, but it has sharply cut such imports nonetheless. 

Helping South Korean Adoptees Return to Their Birth Country

Helping South Korean Adoptees Return to Their Birth Country

By Lance Brownfield
The Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link has been vital in pushing for a special visa status and other services to help Koreans adopted abroad reconnect with South Korea.
Understanding Satellite Parties in South Korea and Their Dangers to Democracy

Understanding Satellite Parties in South Korea and Their Dangers to Democracy

By Jinwan Park
In South Korea, major political forces make strategic use of satellite parties to exploit the semi-mixed-member proportional representation system.

South Korean Government Warns Striking Doctors to Return to Work or Face Legal Action

South Korean Government Warns Striking Doctors to Return to Work or Face Legal Action

By Hyung-jin Kim
About 7,800 medical interns and residents in South Korea have walked off their jobs this week to protest the government’s push to recruit more medical students.

North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024

North Korea: An Interesting Start to 2024

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
A new policy direction seems to be emerging.

South Korea in Political Disarray Ahead of the April Parliamentary Elections

South Korea in Political Disarray Ahead of the April Parliamentary Elections

By Hyung-A Kim
Both President Yoon and his PPP and the opposition Democratic Party face leadership struggles and public backlash. 
North Korea Welcomes Russian Tourists, Likely Its First Since the Pandemic

North Korea Welcomes Russian Tourists, Likely Its First Since the Pandemic

By Emma Burrows
The trip was a surprise to Asia observers, who had expected the first post-pandemic tourists to North Korea to come from China, the North’s biggest diplomatic ally and economic pipeline.

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