December 04, 2022
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Analysis

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

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

How the Itaewon crush investigation could block South Korea’s national budget
Hyun-jun YeoHyun-jun Yeo December 1, 2022
Will South Korea be the next country to host a Tesla gigafactory?
Analysis

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

Will South Korea be the next country to host a Tesla gigafactory?
John LeeJohn Lee November 30, 2022
Yoon Suk-yeol faces off against unions as strike threatens South Korean economy
Analysis

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

Yoon Suk-yeol faces off against unions as strike threatens South Korean economy
Jack GreenbergJack Greenberg November 29, 2022
The three big drivers of the South Korean defense industry
Analysis

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

The three big drivers of the South Korean defense industry
John LeeJohn Lee November 28, 2022
South Korea faces growing pressure at home and abroad to act on climate change
Analysis

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

South Korea faces growing pressure at home and abroad to act on climate change
James FretwellJames Fretwell November 25, 2022
Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources
Analysis

Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources

Overfocus on prestige signaling makes for pretty settings but little substance or real debate, experts say

Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll November 24, 2022
Why decoupling from China creates economic and security risks for South Korea
Analysis

Why decoupling from China creates economic and security risks for South Korea

China would have has less reason to consider economic costs and security risks of escalatory policies if delinked

Why decoupling from China creates economic and security risks for South Korea
Kina KunzKina Kunz November 23, 2022
Saudi Arabian megaproject promises windfall for South Korea but carries risks
Analysis

Saudi Arabian megaproject promises windfall for South Korea but carries risks

Yoon has shown few qualms about economic cooperation with Middle Eastern state despite seeking to boost human rights

Saudi Arabian megaproject promises windfall for South Korea but carries risks
John LeeJohn Lee November 22, 2022
As reunification hopes fade, South Koreans favor US alliance more than ever
Analysis

As reunification hopes fade, South Koreans favor US alliance more than ever

Anti-Americanism largely a thing of the past, though both ROK left and right favor indigenous nuclear program

As reunification hopes fade, South Koreans favor US alliance more than ever
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff November 21, 2022
Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together
Analysis

Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together

South Korea and China appeared at odds on North Korea and economic issues at first bilateral summit since pandemic

Great power rivalry limits the extent to which Yoon and Xi can work together
James FretwellJames Fretwell November 17, 2022
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