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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.
South Korea’s Presidential Election: The Big Picture
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.

South Korea’s Local Governments Rise to the Occasion
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.

Impeached President Park, Jailed for Corruption, Pardoned by Moon
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.

A Bipartisan Consensus on South Korea’s Foreign Policy?
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.
Ex-South Korean Strongman Chun Doo-hwan Dies at Age 90
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.

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