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South Korea's Most Bizarre Corruption Scandal Yet
November 04, 2016

South Korea's Most Bizarre Corruption Scandal Yet

By Robert E. Kelly
The South Korean presidential scandal is unique for its sheer weirdness.
South Koreans Call for President’s Impeachment Over Influence Scandal
October 28, 2016

South Koreans Call for President’s Impeachment Over Influence Scandal

By Elaine Ramirez
A crisis over presidential influence from outside the Blue House could be Park Geun-hye’s ultimate undoing.

South Korea-Japan Comfort Women Agreement: Where Do We Go From Here?
September 06, 2016

South Korea-Japan Comfort Women Agreement: Where Do We Go From Here?

By Benjamin Lee
Domestic opposition to the deal in South Korea continues to intensify, posing challenges.

Ban Ki-moon Keeps Presidential Option Open
May 26, 2016

Ban Ki-moon Keeps Presidential Option Open

By Elaine Ramirez
The UN secretary general leaves the door open for a presidential run in 2017.

North Korean Defectors and Propaganda Theater
April 22, 2016

North Korean Defectors and Propaganda Theater

By John Power
The North and South Korean governments race to spin a rare mass defection to their own advantage.
After Electoral Defeat, What Next for Korea's Saenuri?
April 16, 2016

After Electoral Defeat, What Next for Korea's Saenuri?

By John Power
With her party's majority in the National Assembly gone, Park Geun-hye may already be a lame duck.

New Third Party Stuns Mainstream in South Korea’s Elections
April 14, 2016

New Third Party Stuns Mainstream in South Korea’s Elections

By Elaine Ramirez
As the ruling conservatives tumble, a liberal defector now holds the final say in parliament.
South Korean Political Parties' Newest Weapon: Music Videos
March 29, 2016

South Korean Political Parties' Newest Weapon: Music Videos

By Elaine Ramirez
The catchy tunes belie intense in-fighting and defections on both sides.

Why the 'Comfort Women' Deal Will Hold
January 06, 2016

Why the 'Comfort Women' Deal Will Hold

By Steven Denney
With popular support, the Japan-South Korea comfort women agreement seems likely to succeed.

2015 Ends on a Higher Point for South Korea's President Park
January 02, 2016

2015 Ends on a Higher Point for South Korea's President Park

By Steven Denney
Despite a number of scandals, South Korea's president saw her approval rating climb in 2015.

An Identity Crisis for South Korea's Opposition
December 31, 2015

An Identity Crisis for South Korea's Opposition

By Steven Denney
A high-profile defection highlights the way personal politics stifle Korean democracy.
Kim Young-sam’s Legacy
November 30, 2015

Kim Young-sam’s Legacy

By Steven Denney
Placing the life of a Korean president in context.

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