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NATO Chief Wants More Indo-Pacific ‘Friends’ as Russia, China Move Closer
February 02, 2023

NATO Chief Wants More Indo-Pacific ‘Friends’ as Russia, China Move Closer

By Mari Yamaguchi and Haruka Nuga
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Japan and South Korea this week, part of a push to solidify NATO's ties with Indo-Pacific countries.

Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung at the Center of Criminal Probes
February 01, 2023

Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung at the Center of Criminal Probes

By Chelsie Alexandre
In an unprecedented move, the leader of South Korea’s main opposition party has been summoned for questioning. 
In Defense Minister Talks, US Reaffirms Commitment to South Korea
January 31, 2023

In Defense Minister Talks, US Reaffirms Commitment to South Korea

By Mitch Shin
Kicking off his visit to Seoul, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea.

Promise and Perils for the Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral in 2023
January 30, 2023

Promise and Perils for the Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral in 2023

By Hanna Foreman and Andrew Yeo
Aside from longstanding historical issues, the three countries will face challenges in sustaining coordination on North Korea and China policy. 

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China
January 28, 2023

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China

By Wang Linbin
After over six years, China has partially removed its ban on South Korean cultural content, but hallyu in China may never return to its glory days.

Where Is India in South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy?
January 27, 2023

Where Is India in South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Jagannath Panda and Choong Yong Ahn
Seoul’s Indo-Pacific strategy converges with India’s outlook of the region, while sharing a common vision that goes beyond great power politics.

South Korea’s Economic Security Dilemma
January 25, 2023

South Korea’s Economic Security Dilemma

By Moksh Suri and Abhishek Sharma
As China-U.S. competition securitizes more and more economic transactions, Seoul’s old balancing act between the rivals is becoming trickier to sustain.
Biden Nominates New Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
January 24, 2023

Biden Nominates New Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues

By Mitch Shin
After the position lay vacant for six years, the U.S. finally has a nominee to tackle North Korean human rights issues.

Robert Einhorn on South Korea’s Nuclear Weapon Development
January 24, 2023

Robert Einhorn on South Korea’s Nuclear Weapon Development

By Mitch Shin
“If North Korea's nuclear threat continues to grow, the answer is not for the United States to support a South Korean nuclear weapons program.”

Is South Korea Considering Nuclear Weapons? 
January 23, 2023

Is South Korea Considering Nuclear Weapons? 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Whether South Korea builds a nuclear bomb on its own or not, nuclear weapons are gaining greater importance in the national security thinking of many states in the Indo-Pacific. 

This Week in Asia: January 20, 2023
January 20, 2023

This Week in Asia: January 20, 2023

The Diplomat's weekly round-up of Asia news.
Yoon Comment Sparks Diplomatic Row Between South Korea, Iran
January 20, 2023

Yoon Comment Sparks Diplomatic Row Between South Korea, Iran

By Kim Tong-hyung
President Yoon Suk-yeol's comments describing Iran as the “enemy” of the UAE during a trip to that country triggered a diplomatic spat.

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