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.
March 15, 2022
Will Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Reform South Korea’s National Security Law?
By Meredith Shaw and Joseph Yi
Reform will be difficult under a conservative president, but ending the state’s power to punish speech and restrict information is ultimately in the best interests of South Korea.
March 10, 2022
Anti-Feminism and South Korea’s Presidential Election
By Timothy S. Rich, Erika Puhakka, Josie Coyle , and Alexis Mayne
Exploring new survey data on perceptions of gender discrimination in South Korea, which became a major cleavage point in Wednesday's election.
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.
January 15, 2022
South Korea’s Local Governments Rise to the Occasion
By Yong Kwon
Local governments are pursuing unorthodox policy responses – from universal basic income to a government-backed food delivery app – to national challenges.
December 24, 2021
Impeached President Park, Jailed for Corruption, Pardoned by Moon
By Hyung-Jin Kim
Moon's liberal government said the pardon of his conservative predecessor is meant to promote national unity.
December 24, 2021
A Bipartisan Consensus on South Korea’s Foreign Policy?
By Hae Kyung Ahn
The foreign policy platforms of the two leading candidates in South Korea’s upcoming presidential election are more alike than they are different.
November 24, 2021
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.
October 14, 2021
Have South Korean Conservatives Made a Full Comeback?
By James Park
The People Power Party's makeover has come a long way, but there are still some hurdles to overcome to compete with the progressives.
October 02, 2021
Afghanistan Crisis Reignites South Korea’s Refugee Debate
By Seoho Lee and Natalia Slavney
As South Korea admits Afghans as “special contributors,” the country remains divided over refugees.
September 21, 2021
Anti-China Sentiment and South Korea’s Presidential Race
By Thomas Chan and Seong Hyeon Choi
How will souring perceptions of China affect South Korea’s next election and its future foreign policy?
August 26, 2021
The Trouble With South Korea’s ‘Fake News’ Law
By James Constant
South Korea may be the only liberal democracy using a “fake news” law to target large traditional media companies.