October 07, 2022

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Hyun-jun Yeo

Hyunjun Yeo is a research assistant to Professor Andrei Lankov at Kookmin University in Seoul.

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Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea

Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea

Tokyo secured historic if fleeting breakthrough in Pyongyang 20 years ago, only for it to be derailed by public opinion

Evaluating the troubled legacy of Japan’s first summit with North Korea
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo September 21, 2022
Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
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Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now

Supreme Court could still order Japanese firm to pay reparations, a move that would incite cycle of mutual retaliation

Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo August 23, 2022
Yoon wants to get tough on North Korea but lacks options to be true hardliner

Yoon wants to get tough on North Korea but lacks options to be true hardliner

Inter-Korean economic exchanges ended years ago, leaving few ways to apply pressure beyond more hawkish rhetoric

Yoon wants to get tough on North Korea but lacks options to be true hardliner
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo August 10, 2022
South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?
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South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?

Yoon administration wants to shore up relations with largest democracy and US ally in region, but Japan has trust issues

South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo July 21, 2022
Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.
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Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.

South Korea’s polarized media offer conflicting takes on president's first trip abroad, with attention focused on Japan

Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo July 7, 2022
Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks
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Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks

Many appointees to key posts specialize in US relations as new president seeks closer alignment with Washington

Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo June 22, 2022
An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea
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An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea

Yoon Suk-yeol has picked experienced officials for top posts, boding well for policy but raising risk of groupthink

An age of economic technocrats arrives in South Korea
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo June 16, 2022
Why Kishida is unlikely to improve Japan’s ties with the two Koreas

Why Kishida is unlikely to improve Japan’s ties with the two Koreas

New Japanese prime minister unlikely to break through Tokyo's disillusionment with Seoul and disinterest in Pyongyang

Why Kishida is unlikely to improve Japan’s ties with the two Koreas
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo October 31, 2021
South Korea’s left and right praised ROK-US summit, but for different reasons

South Korea’s left and right praised ROK-US summit, but for different reasons

Progressives find support for North Korean engagement, while conservatives welcome strengthening of alliance

South Korea’s left and right praised ROK-US summit, but for different reasons
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo June 16, 2021
Seoul needs to budge on big issues if it wants Tokyo’s help on North Korea

Seoul needs to budge on big issues if it wants Tokyo’s help on North Korea

South Korea wants to mend ties with Japan to please the U.S., but appears inflexible on controversial historical issues

Seoul needs to budge on big issues if it wants Tokyo’s help on North Korea
Hyun-jun Yeo
Hyun-jun Yeo March 22, 2021