South Koreans Are Locked in a Battle Over Historical Interpretations
By Eunwoo Lee
A recent debate over the legacy of independence struggles and anti-communism reveals a long-running ideological divide.
Will Vladimir Putin Share the Fate of South Korea’s Park Chung-hee?
By Justin Fendos
Kim Jae-gyu, Park’s security chief, ended up as his assassin.
Ex-South Korean Strongman Chun Doo-hwan Dies at Age 90
By Hyung-jin Kim
Chun's rule, from 1979 to 1988, was marked both by severe political repression as well as rapid social and economic changes. He is most famous for ordering the Gwangju massacre, for which he never apologized.
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.
The Future of South Korean Democracy
By Darcie Draudt
The Park Geun-hye scandal revealed the flaws in South Korean democracy. Now the challenge is to fix these issues.
The Mixed Legacy of a South Korean Dictator
By Steven Denney
Polling data suggests South Koreans approve of Park Chung-hee himself, but disapprove of the system he used to rule.