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South Korean Court Rejects Arrest of Ex-Justice Minister
December 28, 2019

South Korean Court Rejects Arrest of Ex-Justice Minister

By Associated Press
Cho Kuk avoids arrest as an investigation continues, but the court made clear the allegations against him are “not good.”

South Korean Conservatives, Seeking a Rebrand, Look to Media Mogul
November 28, 2019

South Korean Conservatives, Seeking a Rebrand, Look to Media Mogul

By Tae-jun Kang
Former lawmaker Hong Jung-wook was seen as an attractive potential leader, but then a drug scandal ensnared his family.
Moon Jae-in at the Halfway Mark
November 14, 2019

Moon Jae-in at the Halfway Mark

By Kyle Ferrier
Moon has laid the groundwork of his ambitious policy agenda, yet plenty of work still lies ahead.

Japan, South Korea, and the Politics of the Present
November 01, 2019

Japan, South Korea, and the Politics of the Present

By Jennifer Lind
Relations between Japan and South Korea have long fluctuated between comity and crisis.

Korean Legislator Under Fire for Publicizing Classified Trump-Moon Phone Call
May 31, 2019

Korean Legislator Under Fire for Publicizing Classified Trump-Moon Phone Call

By Kyle Pope and Adam Pepin-Hall
The leak has created a political firestorm in South Korea.

South Korean Conservatives: What Now?
March 01, 2019

South Korean Conservatives: What Now?

By Steven Denney
Can South Korea’s once-strong right recover from damaging scandals and infighting?

Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other? 
February 25, 2019

Can South Korea’s 2 Main Parties Learn From Each Other? 

By Tae-jun Kang
The Liberty Korea Party and Democratic Party have adopted opposite approaches to public scandals, both with mixed results.
Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?
February 05, 2019

Is Moon Jae-in Becoming a Lame Duck?

By Tae-jun Kang
Most South Korean presidents have faltered in their third years. Moon risks falling into the same trap.

South Korean Governor Jailed Over Opinion Rigging Scandal
January 31, 2019

South Korean Governor Jailed Over Opinion Rigging Scandal

By Hyung-Jin Kim
Kim Kyoung-soo, an ally to President Moon, was found guilty of conspiring to manipulate online comments before the 2017 polls.

South Korea’s Online 'Bamboo Forests' Take Center Stage in #MeToo Movement
August 10, 2018

South Korea’s Online 'Bamboo Forests' Take Center Stage in #MeToo Movement

By Tae-jun Kang
Online communities once used mostly for gossip have become central in victims coming out about sexual abuses.

Blame the Heat? South Korean President Moon’s Approval Rating Reaches Record Low
August 10, 2018

Blame the Heat? South Korean President Moon’s Approval Rating Reaches Record Low

By Hyunmin Michael Kang
President Moon's approval rate remains above 50 percent, but is at its lowest point since his 2017 inauguration.
The Deeper Meaning of South Korea's Constitutional Debate
March 21, 2018

The Deeper Meaning of South Korea's Constitutional Debate

By Yaechan Lee
The political games behind South Korea’s constitutional amendment process are linked to old narratives.

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