December 04, 2022
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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 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
Security concerns nudge South Korea and Japan closer, with encouragement from US
Analysis

Security concerns nudge South Korea and Japan closer, with encouragement from US

First official summit reveals Yoon and Kishida want a reset, but nationalism remains a constant risk to progress

Security concerns nudge South Korea and Japan closer, with encouragement from US
Hyun-jun YeoHyun-jun Yeo November 16, 2022
What the US midterm results mean for South Korea’s security and economy
Analysis

What the US midterm results mean for South Korea’s security and economy

China remains at center of US foreign policy in East Asia, leaving little room for imagination on the Korean Peninsula

What the US midterm results mean for South Korea’s security and economy
Sooyoung OhSooyoung Oh November 14, 2022
Sound and fury: A divided South Korean parliament ends contentious audit
Analysis

Sound and fury: A divided South Korean parliament ends contentious audit

Progressives assailed trilateral military drills and response to Itaewon tragedy during weekslong audit of government

Sound and fury: A divided South Korean parliament ends contentious audit
Hyun-jun YeoHyun-jun Yeo November 11, 2022
The Rising Sun will rise again? ROK fears of Japanese militarism linger on
Analysis

The Rising Sun will rise again? ROK fears of Japanese militarism linger on

Controversy over South Korea’s attendance at Japan’s fleet review reflects precarious efforts to improve relations

The Rising Sun will rise again? ROK fears of Japanese militarism linger on
James FretwellJames Fretwell November 9, 2022
Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea
Analysis

Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea

China doubled down on competition with US at party congress, jeopardizing 30 years of fruitful cooperation with Seoul

Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power spells trouble for South Korea
James FretwellJames Fretwell October 27, 2022
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