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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.

Have South Korean Conservatives Made a Full Comeback?
October 14, 2021

Have South Korean Conservatives Made a Full Comeback?

By James Park
The People Power Party's makeover has come a long way, but there are still some hurdles to overcome to compete with the progressives.

Afghanistan Crisis Reignites South Korea’s Refugee Debate
October 02, 2021

Afghanistan Crisis Reignites South Korea’s Refugee Debate

By Seoho Lee and Natalia Slavney
As South Korea admits Afghans as “special contributors,” the country remains divided over refugees.

Anti-China Sentiment and South Korea’s Presidential Race
September 21, 2021

Anti-China Sentiment and South Korea’s Presidential Race

By Thomas Chan and Seong Hyeon Choi
How will souring perceptions of China affect South Korea’s next election and its future foreign policy?
The Trouble With South Korea’s ‘Fake News’ Law
August 26, 2021

The Trouble With South Korea’s ‘Fake News’ Law

By James Constant
South Korea may be the only liberal democracy using a “fake news” law to target large traditional media companies.

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