December 02, 2022
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Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work
Opinion

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

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

Yoon’s attacks on the press betray critical misread of what makes democracy work
Michael BreenMichael Breen December 2, 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
Why Yoon Suk-yeol may escape blame for South Korea’s Halloween tragedy
Analysis

Why Yoon Suk-yeol may escape blame for South Korea’s Halloween tragedy

History shows local leaders often take fall for disasters, though Sewol underlines consequences of presidential missteps

Why Yoon Suk-yeol may escape blame for South Korea’s Halloween tragedy
Hyun-jun YeoHyun-jun Yeo November 1, 2022
How anti-Japanism stunts South Korea’s ambition to enhance US alliance
Opinion

How anti-Japanism stunts South Korea’s ambition to enhance US alliance

Opposition party chief suggests Japan might re-invade Korea, and these views are surprisingly entrenched in the ROK

How anti-Japanism stunts South Korea’s ambition to enhance US alliance
Hyun-jun YeoHyun-jun Yeo October 14, 2022
In South Korea, mistreatment of the disabled is far from a relic of the past
Opinion

In South Korea, mistreatment of the disabled is far from a relic of the past

Investigation into rape and torture at welfare center decades ago underlines need to confront continuing abuse today

In South Korea, mistreatment of the disabled is far from a relic of the past
Jack GreenbergJack Greenberg September 28, 2022
Why the Yoon administration sees a powerful partner in Mongolia
Analysis

Why the Yoon administration sees a powerful partner in Mongolia

South Korea looks to boost cooperation in natural resources, while Mongolia seeks to be mediator on North Korea issues

Why the Yoon administration sees a powerful partner in Mongolia
Gabriela BernalGabriela Bernal September 20, 2022
Perceived threat of China tempers hostility between South Koreans and Japanese
Analysis

Perceived threat of China tempers hostility between South Koreans and Japanese

Opinion polls show improving perceptions of neighbor in both democracies, though tensions could easily flare up again

Perceived threat of China tempers hostility between South Koreans and Japanese
Hyun-jun YeoHyun-jun Yeo September 13, 2022
Seoul mayor’s redevelopment plans risk gutting the city’s cultural heritage
Analysis

Seoul mayor’s redevelopment plans risk gutting the city’s cultural heritage

Oh Se-hoon seeks to reign in housing prices and foster business growth but faces local opposition to renovation efforts

Seoul mayor’s redevelopment plans risk gutting the city’s cultural heritage
Jack GreenbergJack Greenberg September 7, 2022
Why the next 30 years of South Korea-China ties won’t be as rosy as the last
Opinion

Why the next 30 years of South Korea-China ties won’t be as rosy as the last

Seoul will find it difficult to balance relations between U.S. and China due to intensifying great power competition

Why the next 30 years of South Korea-China ties won’t be as rosy as the last
James FretwellJames Fretwell August 24, 2022
Seoul avoids diplomatic disaster in forced labor dispute with Japan — for now
Analysis

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 YeoHyun-jun Yeo August 23, 2022