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Bio-tracked, Mistreated, Hog-tied: Immigration Detention in East Asia in 2021
December 30, 2021

Bio-tracked, Mistreated, Hog-tied: Immigration Detention in East Asia in 2021

By Surabhi Chopra and Chloe Fung
Governments in Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea routinely detain migrants in closed custodial institutions.

South Korea and US Agree on Draft End-of-War Declaration ‘In Principle’
December 29, 2021

South Korea and US Agree on Draft End-of-War Declaration ‘In Principle’

By Mitch Shin
South Korea says it has agreed, in principle, with the U.S. on a draft end-of-war declaration, but North Korea has continued to refuse to participate. 
K-pop Fandom’s Climate Change Rebellion
December 27, 2021

K-pop Fandom’s Climate Change Rebellion

By Mai Anna Pressley
Socially conscious K-pop fans are demanding more from South Korean entertainment companies. Can this lead to meaningful adoption of environmental policies in the industry?

Can Technology Solve Hambak Village’s Littering Problem?
December 27, 2021

Can Technology Solve Hambak Village’s Littering Problem?

By Hai Ri Jeon
South Korea’s emphasis on top-down growth has prioritized technological advancement over sustainability, and tends to exacerbate social inequality.

Mirziyoyev Meets Moon: South Korea, Uzbekistan Aim to Deepen Special Strategic Partnership
December 22, 2021

Mirziyoyev Meets Moon: South Korea, Uzbekistan Aim to Deepen Special Strategic Partnership

By Catherine Putz
A possible free trade agreement and hopes for rare earth supplies underscore a strengthening South Korea-Uzbekistan relationship.

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.

Agent Chrysanthemum: North Korean Spy Indicted for Coercing Defectors to Return ‘Home’
November 12, 2021

Agent Chrysanthemum: North Korean Spy Indicted for Coercing Defectors to Return ‘Home’

By Jason Bartlett
Coercing, and even abducting, defectors is a common tactic for authoritarian regimes to discourage defection.
Seoul Rejects Refugee Claims by Chinese North Korean Defectors
November 11, 2021

Seoul Rejects Refugee Claims by Chinese North Korean Defectors

By Hyung-jin Kim
Some experts say 3,000-5,000 ethnic Chinese live in North Korea and are the only foreigners with permanent residency rights.

South Korea Test Launches 1st Domestically Made Space Rocket
October 22, 2021

South Korea Test Launches 1st Domestically Made Space Rocket

By Kim Tong-hyung
"Although (the launch) failed to achieve its objectives perfectly, it was an excellent accomplishment for a first launch," President Moon said in a televised speech. 

The Inter-Korean Missile Race Picks Up the Pace
October 15, 2021

The Inter-Korean Missile Race Picks Up the Pace

By Ankit Panda
Both North and South Korea demonstrated a wide range of new missile capabilities in September 2021. What’s driving their arms race?

Unpacking Claims of Secret North Korean Intelligence Operations
October 12, 2021

Unpacking Claims of Secret North Korean Intelligence Operations

By Jason Bartlett
North Korean intelligence capabilities, tactics, and targets have evolved over the decades.
South Korea Takes First Step to Regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers
September 24, 2021

South Korea Takes First Step to Regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers

By Euihyun Bae
The tight deadline to register may lead to a monopolization of the South Korean virtual asset industry.

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