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Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung at the Center of Criminal Probes
February 01, 2023

Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung at the Center of Criminal Probes

By Chelsie Alexandre
In an unprecedented move, the leader of South Korea’s main opposition party has been summoned for questioning. 

People Power Party Changes Voting Rules Ahead of Chair Election
January 18, 2023

People Power Party Changes Voting Rules Ahead of Chair Election

By Chelsie Alexandre and Mitch Shin
South Korea’s ruling conservative party has amended its charter to only allow votes from PPP members in selecting new party leadership.
Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Pardoned by Yoon
January 04, 2023

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Pardoned by Yoon

By Chelsie Alexandre
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s latest round of pardons – including the release of Lee – sparked a wave of criticism.

South Korea’s Former NSA Arrested Over Handling of Border Killing
December 23, 2022

South Korea’s Former NSA Arrested Over Handling of Border Killing

By Chelsie Alexandre
The Yoon administration has opened investigations into two controversial incidents at the border with North Korea under former President Moon Jae-in’s watch.

How South Korea’s Authoritarian Past Shapes Its Democracy
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.

South Korea’s President Yoon Could (But Won’t) Be Removed From Office for Lying
September 13, 2022

South Korea’s President Yoon Could (But Won’t) Be Removed From Office for Lying

By Justin Fendos
The latest scandal to rock the new administration may be the most serious: a charge that Yoon lied while on the campaign trail, violating South Korea's public office election law.

What Does South Korea’s First Lady Do?
June 21, 2022

What Does South Korea’s First Lady Do?

By Hae Kyung Ahn
President Yoon's wife, Kim Keon Hee, has attracted controversy already.
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.”

Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-US Summit? 
May 17, 2022

Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-US Summit? 

By Gi-Wook Shin and Kelsi Caywood
Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.

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.

Will Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Reform South Korea’s National Security Law?
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.
Anti-Feminism and South Korea’s Presidential Election
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.

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