July 01, 2022

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John Lee

John Lee is a blogger at the Korean Foreigner and focuses on economic and political issues as they relate to the Koreas and the United States.

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NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties
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NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties

Seoul’s participation reflects emerging threats it shares with Transatlantic alliance, as Beijing watches with suspicion

NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties
John Lee
John Lee June 28, 2022
How Biden’s ‘Buy American’ rule harms the US-South Korea alliance
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How Biden’s ‘Buy American’ rule harms the US-South Korea alliance

Allies have pledged to look for ways to keep trade barriers from impacting defense, but domestic politics is an obstacle

How Biden’s ‘Buy American’ rule harms the US-South Korea alliance
John Lee
John Lee June 14, 2022
Why supporting Taiwan remains a bridge too far for South Korea
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Why supporting Taiwan remains a bridge too far for South Korea

Indirect aid would align Seoul with other liberal democracies, but memories of Chinese economic retaliation linger

Why supporting Taiwan remains a bridge too far for South Korea
John Lee
John Lee June 1, 2022
As Seoul joins NATO cyber group, Chinese propagandist threatens Ukraine ‘path’
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As Seoul joins NATO cyber group, Chinese propagandist threatens Ukraine ‘path’

Threatening to invade South Korea will do little to improve the image of China among the ROK public

As Seoul joins NATO cyber group, Chinese propagandist threatens Ukraine ‘path’
John Lee
John Lee May 6, 2022
The rocky shoals on which Yoon Suk-yeol’s foreign policy could shipwreck
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The rocky shoals on which Yoon Suk-yeol’s foreign policy could shipwreck

New ROK president will have to navigate US, China and North Korea policies, with few options that make all sides happy

The rocky shoals on which Yoon Suk-yeol’s foreign policy could shipwreck
John Lee
John Lee May 4, 2022
North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago

North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago

Foreign influence, especially from South Korea, is a far more dangerous threat than sanctions or COVID-19

North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago
John Lee
John Lee August 3, 2021
North Korean defector Yeonmi Park muddles human rights message with partisanship

North Korean defector Yeonmi Park muddles human rights message with partisanship

Prominent defectors like Park often align themselves with conservatives in South Korea and the U.S.

North Korean defector Yeonmi Park muddles human rights message with partisanship
John Lee
John Lee June 23, 2021
Thae Yong-ho’s free speech double-standard: Balloons vs propaganda

Thae Yong-ho’s free speech double-standard: Balloons vs propaganda

Controversy over Kim Il Sung’s memoirs is a reminder that fundamental rights have become politicized in South Korea

Thae Yong-ho’s free speech double-standard: Balloons vs propaganda
John Lee
John Lee May 26, 2021
With diplomacy going nowhere, it’s time to accept the status quo with North Korea

With diplomacy going nowhere, it’s time to accept the status quo with North Korea

Military action would end in disaster, and lifting sanctions would set a dangerous precedent

With diplomacy going nowhere, it’s time to accept the status quo with North Korea
John Lee
John Lee June 23, 2019
Why Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy isn’t working

Why Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy isn’t working

With Trump and Kim refusing to budge, the South Korean President is headed for failure

Why Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy isn’t working
John Lee
John Lee April 18, 2019
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