February 08, 2023
Analysis

Why 2023 could be an inflection point for South Korea’s content industry

Rise of streaming services has produced flood of new shows and displaced film industry, but output may be unsustainable

Jason BechervaiseJason BechervaiseFebruary 7, 2023

ANALYSIS & OPINION

Analysis

Itaewon crowd crush memorial becomes flash point in political fight over tragedy

Itaewon crowd crush memorial becomes flash point in political fight over tragedy

Conservative Seoul government risks fueling politicization of disaster after stopping mourners from setting up altar

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John LeeFebruary 6, 2023
Analysis

Yoon Suk-yeol pays respect to ROK dictator in latest appeal to conservative base

Yoon Suk-yeol pays respect to ROK dictator in latest appeal to conservative base

South Korean president needs conservative stronghold behind him, but paying homage to Park Chung-hee carries risks

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John LeeFebruary 3, 2023
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An outsider candidate could soon lead South Korea’s conservative party

An outsider candidate could soon lead South Korea’s conservative party

An unpopular president and resilient opposition leader may be incentivizing conservatives to give Ahn Cheol-soo a chance

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John LeeFebruary 2, 2023
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Why local politics will prevent Yoon Suk-yeol from sending weapons to Ukraine

Why local politics will prevent Yoon Suk-yeol from sending weapons to Ukraine

Facing a combative opposition and even harsher geopolitical landscape, Yoon will demur from sending direct military aid

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John LeeFebruary 1, 2023
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Why the next two years could be critical for future of South Korea-Ecuador ties

Why the next two years could be critical for future of South Korea-Ecuador ties

Seoul would benefit from cooperation as Ecuador serves on Security Council, but Quito’s domestic politics could intrude

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Anthony V. RinnaJanuary 31, 2023
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Yoon Suk-yeol faces headwinds as he seeks to shore up support through reforms

Yoon Suk-yeol faces headwinds as he seeks to shore up support through reforms

South Korean public is lukewarm about changes like extending work week, but Yoon likely sees value in taking harder line

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Karl FriedhoffJanuary 30, 2023
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