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First Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Disaster Ends in Violence
April 17, 2015
First Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Disaster Ends in Violence
Mourners-turned-protestors clashed with police in Seoul on the first anniversary of the deadly accident.
First Anniversary of Sewol Ferry Disaster Ends in Violence
Is 2014 the Start of an Asian Spring?
November 20, 2014
Is 2014 the Start of an Asian Spring?
2014 has been an historic year for protests in Asia, where until now political freedom has lagged economic growth.
Is 2014 the Start of an Asian Spring?
South Korean Prosecutors Call for Death Penalty for Sewol Captain
October 29, 2014
South Korean Prosecutors Call for Death Penalty for Sewol Captain
Prosecutors are seeking the death sentence in two high-profile cases in South Korea.
South Korean Prosecutors Call for Death Penalty for Sewol Captain
Korea’s Branding Woes
October 26, 2014
Korea’s Branding Woes
‘The Republic of Korea is a country rich in history, culture and creativity. It’s time to get the word out.’
Korea’s Branding Woes
South Korea’s Coast Guard Is Here to Stay
October 20, 2014
South Korea’s Coast Guard Is Here to Stay
The recent incident with Chinese fishermen has nullified President Park's pledge to abolish the ROK Coast Guard.
South Korea’s Coast Guard Is Here to Stay
Surprise! South Korea’s Legislature Is Actually Doing Its Job
October 07, 2014
Surprise! South Korea’s Legislature Is Actually Doing Its Job
After being in a “vegetative state” for months, the South Korean National Assembly has begun passing laws again.
Surprise! South Korea’s Legislature Is Actually Doing Its Job
The Tyranny of the Minority in South Korea
September 20, 2014
The Tyranny of the Minority in South Korea
A new law has made South Korea's National Assembly as ineffective as the U.S. Senate.
The Tyranny of the Minority in South Korea
Confucianism Fails to Explain Sewol Ferry Tragedy
June 19, 2014
Confucianism Fails to Explain Sewol Ferry Tragedy
The ‘culturalist’ response to national tragedies fails to explain why South Korean students were unable to abandon ship.
Confucianism Fails to Explain Sewol Ferry Tragedy
The Cults of South Korea
June 17, 2014
The Cults of South Korea
The recent ferry tragedy has added another chapter to the country’s disconcerting history with cults.
The Cults of South Korea
Korea’s Ruling Party Largely Unscathed After Local Elections
June 07, 2014
Korea’s Ruling Party Largely Unscathed After Local Elections
The opposition fails to capitalize on public outrage over the recent ferry tragedy.
Korea’s Ruling Party Largely Unscathed After Local Elections
Ferry Tragedy: A Righteous and Overdue Rage Over Corruption
May 28, 2014
Ferry Tragedy: A Righteous and Overdue Rage Over Corruption
The Sewol disaster has placed an entrenched bureaucratic practice in the crosshairs.
Ferry Tragedy: A Righteous and Overdue Rage Over Corruption
Maritime Tensions Reveal Troubling Status Quo in Inter-Korean Relations
May 23, 2014
Maritime Tensions Reveal Troubling Status Quo in Inter-Korean Relations
A clash in contested waters could mark the beginning of an escalation in tensions.
Maritime Tensions Reveal Troubling Status Quo in Inter-Korean Relations
Ferry Disaster Weighs on Korea’s Conservatives Ahead of Elections
May 21, 2014
Ferry Disaster Weighs on Korea’s Conservatives Ahead of Elections
Polls show a sharp drop in support for the ruling Saenuri Party in the lead up to local elections.
Ferry Disaster Weighs on Korea’s Conservatives Ahead of Elections
South Korea's Park Vows to Disband Coast Guard
May 20, 2014
South Korea's Park Vows to Disband Coast Guard
South Korea's President said that she would disband the nation's Coast Guard for its response to the Sewol tragedy.
South Korea's Park Vows to Disband Coast Guard
South Korea Grapples With Implications of Ferry Tragedy
April 29, 2014
South Korea Grapples With Implications of Ferry Tragedy
The disaster has some South Koreans questioning the costs of the country’s impressive economic rise.
South Korea Grapples With Implications of Ferry Tragedy
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