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Can a 36-Year-Old Leader Transform South Korea’s Conservative Party?
July 14, 2021

Can a 36-Year-Old Leader Transform South Korea’s Conservative Party?

By Mitch Shin
Lee Jun-seok’s fate will hinge on the PPP’s performance in the presidential election.

South Korea’s 2022 Presidential Race Is Taking Shape
July 08, 2021

South Korea’s 2022 Presidential Race Is Taking Shape

By Jenna Gibson
Candidate have begun to officially declare their ambitions. Here are the names to know.
7 Years After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Bereaved Families Still Urge Government to Reveal the Truth
April 16, 2021

7 Years After Sewol Ferry Disaster, Bereaved Families Still Urge Government to Reveal the Truth

By Mitch Shin
Four years into a new presidential administration that promised transparency, families say key questions still remain shrouded in mystery.  

Why Did Young South Koreans Ditch the Democratic Party and President Moon?
April 09, 2021

Why Did Young South Koreans Ditch the Democratic Party and President Moon?

By Seoho Lee
In the crucial by-elections, young voters turned away from the ruling party they once supported. What happened?

Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon
April 08, 2021

Seoul and Busan Mayor By-Elections Spell Trouble for President Moon

By Mitch Shin
The ruling Democratic Party failed to keep the mayor positions in the country’s two biggest cities in by-elections on Wednesday. 

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’
April 05, 2021

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’

By Dongwoo Kim
Amid growing anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea, there is a mismatch between the popular will and Seoul’s foreign policy.

Land Speculation Scandal Grips South Korea
March 26, 2021

Land Speculation Scandal Grips South Korea

By Jenna Gibson
Amid soaring housing prices, allegations that officials used insider information to grab land sparked public outrage.
South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart
February 11, 2021

South Korea’s Largest Internet Portal Shuts Down Controversial Trending Searches Chart

By Jenna Gibson
Naver will shutter the feature, which has been subject to economic and political manipulation in the past.

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?

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