December 04, 2022
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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
Yoon’s media ban latest example of South Korean elite’s disdain for free press
Opinion

Yoon’s media ban latest example of South Korean elite’s disdain for free press

Conservatives and liberals see media freedom as little more than a political tool to be wielded against each other

Yoon’s media ban latest example of South Korean elite’s disdain for free press
Jumin LeeJumin Lee November 18, 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
Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans
Analysis

Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans

New poll finds public lukewarm on idea, despite long-standing support for an indigenous nuclear program

Redeploying US tactical nukes may not go far enough for South Koreans
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff October 20, 2022
How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain
Analysis

How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain

Government says it wants to attract highly skilled workers, even if public mostly opposed to long-term immigration

How Russia’s brain drain could be South Korea’s gain
James FretwellJames Fretwell October 6, 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
Try as it might, South Korea can’t escape tensions over Taiwan
Analysis

Try as it might, South Korea can’t escape tensions over Taiwan

Washington wants Seoul to take stand against Beijing’s aggression, but China sees Korea as US base for island’s defense

Try as it might, South Korea can’t escape tensions over Taiwan
James FretwellJames Fretwell September 2, 2022
NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties
Analysis

NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties

Seoul’s participation reflects emerging threats it shares with Transatlantic alliance, as Beijing watches with suspicion

NATO summit a springboard for South Korea to diversify military ties
John LeeJohn Lee June 28, 2022
Weighing South Korea’s options for improving its missile defenses
Analysis

Weighing South Korea’s options for improving its missile defenses

Seoul needs farsighted policy to respond to North Korean weapons threats while also managing ties with China

Weighing South Korea’s options for improving its missile defenses
Joel Petersson IvreJoel Petersson Ivre June 6, 2022
South Korea’s nascent aircraft carrier on chopping block as Yoon focuses on DPRK
Analysis

South Korea’s nascent aircraft carrier on chopping block as Yoon focuses on DPRK

Labeling North Korea ‘main enemy’ paves way for shift in defense spending priorities, setting up political fight

South Korea’s nascent aircraft carrier on chopping block as Yoon focuses on DPRK
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff May 31, 2022