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What’s Next for South Korea's ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Initiative?
September 07, 2018
What’s Next for South Korea's ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Initiative?
Moon's plan is primarily concerned with political and social reform, but the military viewpoint must also be taken into account.
What’s Next for South Korea's ‘Defense Reform 2.0’ Initiative?
'America' Takes a New Meaning in South Korea
July 06, 2018
'America' Takes a New Meaning in South Korea
After the meeting between North Korean and American leaders on June 12, the United States has new friends in Seoul.
'America' Takes a New Meaning in South Korea
South Korea's Kid Chess Whizzes
June 27, 2018
South Korea's Kid Chess Whizzes
South Korea's emerging chess scene is dominated by its young players. Can they break through on the world stage?
South Korea's Kid Chess Whizzes
How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea
June 15, 2018
How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea
President Carter wanted to withdraw U.S. ground troops from the peninsula. The 'deep state' disagreed.
How the ‘Deep State’ Stopped a US President From Withdrawing US Troops From Korea
Risky Business: South Korea's Secret Military Deal With UAE
March 01, 2018
Risky Business: South Korea's Secret Military Deal With UAE
The hidden military pact was meant to seal the UAE-ROK nuclear power plant deal.
Risky Business: South Korea's Secret Military Deal With UAE
China-South Korea Relations: A Delicate Détente
February 27, 2018
China-South Korea Relations: A Delicate Détente
The thaw in relations is not going to last long.
China-South Korea Relations: A Delicate Détente
USAG Humphreys: The Story Behind America’s Biggest Overseas Base
November 06, 2017
USAG Humphreys: The Story Behind America’s Biggest Overseas Base
As Trump visits, the new U.S. mega-base south of Seoul is almost complete.
USAG Humphreys: The Story Behind America’s Biggest Overseas Base
The Chinese Students Who Come to South Korea
November 03, 2017
The Chinese Students Who Come to South Korea
Life as an undergrad in South Korea is difficult, but it’s still a popular choice for young Chinese.
The Chinese Students Who Come to South Korea
The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
November 01, 2017
The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
President Moon has once again raised the issue of transferring OPCON to South Korea. What would that actually look like?
The Long History of South Korea's OPCON Debate
Military Stalemate: How North Korea Could Win a War With the US
October 10, 2017
Military Stalemate: How North Korea Could Win a War With the US
It's time to reexamine the assertion that North Korea’s defeat is preordained.
Military Stalemate: How North Korea Could Win a War With the US
South Korea’s Brain Drain
July 06, 2017
South Korea’s Brain Drain
Why so many young South Koreans think of their country as "hell."
South Korea’s Brain Drain
Postcard From Seongju’s Anti-THAAD Protest
June 29, 2017
Postcard From Seongju’s Anti-THAAD Protest
A year after being chosen to host THAAD, protests in Seongju show little sign of ending.
Postcard From Seongju’s Anti-THAAD Protest
South Korea’s 19th Presidential Election: Lessons Learned
May 13, 2017
South Korea’s 19th Presidential Election: Lessons Learned
Four lessons to be learned from the results that brought Moon Jae-in to the presidency.
South Korea’s 19th Presidential Election: Lessons Learned
Dealing With Chinese Sanctions: South Korea and Taiwan
May 12, 2017
Dealing With Chinese Sanctions: South Korea and Taiwan
Seoul can take some lessons from Taipei’s experience of living with Beijing’s displeasure.
Dealing With Chinese Sanctions: South Korea and Taiwan
What Would the Second Korean War Look Like?
April 19, 2017
What Would the Second Korean War Look Like?
The first 24 hours of war on the Korean peninsula could cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
What Would the Second Korean War Look Like?
South Korea’s Dangerous Leadership Vacuum
February 22, 2017
South Korea’s Dangerous Leadership Vacuum
South Korea’s ongoing political crisis is making it difficult to respond effectively to North Korean provocations.
South Korea’s Dangerous Leadership Vacuum
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