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South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 
January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 

By Mitch Shin
The 2016 Candlelight Revolution finally ended with the Supreme Court’s final sentence for Park. Now the focus turns to a potential pardon.

Blue House Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Protect Moon’s Approval Ratings
January 07, 2021

Blue House Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Protect Moon’s Approval Ratings

By Mitch Shin
With Moon’s approval ratings declining gradually, two of his senior cabinet members have been replaced.
South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 17-Year Jail Term for Ex-President Lee
October 29, 2020

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 17-Year Jail Term for Ex-President Lee

By Associated Press
Lee Myung-bak was convicted of taking bribes before and during his presidency.

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?
October 07, 2020

What Do South Koreans Think of Their Government’s COVID-19 Response?

By Timothy S. Rich, Madelynn Einhorn, Andi Dahmer, and Isabel Eliassen
Early on, South Korea was touted as a model of COVID-19 containment. Does the public still approve of the government’s approach?

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil
August 13, 2020

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil

By Tae-jun Kang
For the first time in nearly four years, the conservative party has notched a higher approval rating than the DPK.

Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?
August 05, 2020

Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?

By Tae-jun Kang
The Democratic Party raised the idea amid soaring real estate prices in Seoul -- and dwindling populations in the rest of the country.

A ‘Shoe Revolution’ in South Korea?
July 25, 2020

A ‘Shoe Revolution’ in South Korea?

By Tae-jun Kang
Why are South Korean protesters throwing shoes into the air? 
Seoul Mayor’s Death Sets Critical Test for South Korea’s Ruling Party in 2021
July 14, 2020

Seoul Mayor’s Death Sets Critical Test for South Korea’s Ruling Party in 2021

By Cory Bisbee
Next year’s by-elections will be unusually important – for the Democratic Party and for the current frontrunner to succeed President Moon Jae-in.

With Sudden Death of Seoul Mayor, South Korea’s 2021 By-Elections Gain New Importance
July 14, 2020

With Sudden Death of Seoul Mayor, South Korea’s 2021 By-Elections Gain New Importance

By Tae-jun Kang
Next April, voters will choose new mayors for Seoul and Busan. Can the Democratic Party keep those seats?

Seoul Mayor’s Death Shocks South Korea
July 11, 2020

Seoul Mayor’s Death Shocks South Korea

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
Park Won-soon’s death elicited both sympathy and controversy amid rumors of a sexual harassment complaint against him.

Is South Korea Really a Liberal Country?
June 24, 2020

Is South Korea Really a Liberal Country?

By James Park
The liberals’ primacy is unprecedented and likely long-term. But is it permanent?
After the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, What’s Next for South Korean Politics?
April 22, 2020

After the 2020 Parliamentary Elections, What’s Next for South Korean Politics?

By Joseph Yi and Wondong Lee
The Democratic Party won a massive victory, but the reshaping of South Korea’s right could have longer-term implications.

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