December 06, 2022
Analysis

Yoon’s crackdown on labor union strike latest politicization of the rule of law

South Korean president responds to union’s demands for higher wages and safety standards with jail time and heavy fines

John LeeJohn LeeDecember 5, 2022

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Opinion

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work

Rooted in South Korea’s illiberal past, Yoon and conservatives still view too much freedom as risky and destabilizing

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Michael BreenDecember 2, 2022
Analysis

How the Itaewon crush investigation could block South Korea’s national budget

How the Itaewon crush investigation could block South Korea’s national budget

Poor exports, high interest rates and prices could all get worse if lawmakers can’t agree on budget bill this month

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Hyun-jun YeoDecember 1, 2022
Analysis

Will South Korea be the next country to host a Tesla gigafactory?

Will South Korea be the next country to host a Tesla gigafactory?

ROK economy has a lot to like for automaker, but Elon Musk distractions and labor unions may be difficult to overcome

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John LeeNovember 30, 2022
Analysis

Yoon Suk-yeol faces off against unions as strike threatens South Korean economy

Yoon Suk-yeol faces off against unions as strike threatens South Korean economy

President threatens jail time and fines for truckers after days of protests for higher wages and safety standards

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Jack GreenbergNovember 29, 2022
Analysis

The three big drivers of the South Korean defense industry

The three big drivers of the South Korean defense industry

Seoul may very well succeed in goal of making ROK a top 4 global weapons exporter — if it can overcome supply issues

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John LeeNovember 28, 2022
Analysis

South Korea faces growing pressure at home and abroad to act on climate change

South Korea faces growing pressure at home and abroad to act on climate change

South Korea is a big polluter with a large economy, but it pledged little to developing countries at recent COP27 summit

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James FretwellNovember 25, 2022
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