December 01, 2022
How South Korea’s Authoritarian Past Shapes Its Democracy
By Joan E. Cho
Understanding the weaknesses of South Korea’s democracy requires looking to the country’s authoritarian past.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?