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Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy
May 24, 2022

Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy

By Shannon Tiezzi
“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”

How Activists Kept the Memory of the Gwangju Uprising Alive
May 18, 2022

How Activists Kept the Memory of the Gwangju Uprising Alive

By Hwang Sok-yong, Lee Jae-eui, Jeon Yong-ho, and Slin Jung
The story of the “Gwangju White Papers” and “Beyond Death,” the first underground handouts to discuss the Gwangju Uprising.
What President Yoon Suk-yeol’s Election Means for South Korean Democracy
March 23, 2022

What President Yoon Suk-yeol’s Election Means for South Korean Democracy

By Darcie Draudt
Yoon has two important tasks in front of him: mending emergent social divisions and making institutional changes to prevent – not just punish – corruption.

South Korea’s Presidential Election: The Big Picture
February 18, 2022

South Korea’s Presidential Election: The Big Picture

Karl Friedhoff, Sang Kim, and Lee Sook-Jong on the issues driving South Korea's big election, and the implications for Korean politics and society.

Can Southeast Asia Follow South Korea’s Democratization Model?
March 05, 2021

Can Southeast Asia Follow South Korea’s Democratization Model?

By Choi Seong Hyeon
Democratic movements in Myanmar and Thailand may face more challenges than South Korea did in the late 20th century.

COVID-19 Factor Powers South Korea’s Ruling Party to Historic Victory
April 17, 2020

COVID-19 Factor Powers South Korea’s Ruling Party to Historic Victory

By Cory Bisbee
The Democratic Party wins unilateral control of the National Assembly, while conservatives and minor parties recede.

South Korea’s Experiment in Pandemic Surveillance
April 13, 2020

South Korea’s Experiment in Pandemic Surveillance

By Eun A Jo
South Korea is a testing ground for how to balance robust surveillance in the name of public health with individual privacy rights.
5-18 and the Forgotten Lesson on Anti-Americanism in South Korea
May 17, 2019

5-18 and the Forgotten Lesson on Anti-Americanism in South Korea

By Benjamin A. Engel
May 18, 1980 crystallized anti-US sentiments in Korea. Now Trump is laying the foundation for another anti-American backlash.

What Is Next for South Korea's Official Online Petition Channel?
November 10, 2018

What Is Next for South Korea's Official Online Petition Channel?

By Tae-jun Kang
More than a year after its unveiling, it's time to evaluate the Moon administration's online petition system.

South Korea's Nuclear Energy Debate
October 26, 2017

South Korea's Nuclear Energy Debate

By Se Young Jang
South Korea’s experiment in deliberative democracy will impact President Moon Jae-in’s nuclear phase-out policy.

Democracy in Asia: A Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
September 15, 2017

Democracy in Asia: A Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

By Leena Rikkila Tamang and Mette Bakken
How has democracy fared in Asia over the last decade – and what can help in pushing the agenda forward?
The Turning Point for South Korean Democracy
June 27, 2017

The Turning Point for South Korean Democracy

By Chris Carothers
South Korea's youth were famous for being politically apathetic. Not anymore.

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