December 04, 2022
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Yoon Suk-yeol rejects three nos deal with China in words, but not actions
Analysis

Yoon Suk-yeol rejects three nos deal with China in words, but not actions

Seoul appears wary of angering Beijing by openly violating Moon-era agreement, but ambiguous approach also carries risks

Yoon Suk-yeol rejects three nos deal with China in words, but not actions
Kina KunzKina Kunz September 5, 2022
Yoon’s botched handling of Pelosi visit sends muddled diplomatic messages
Opinion

Yoon’s botched handling of Pelosi visit sends muddled diplomatic messages

South Korean president risks opening himself to charge of placating China even as he seeks closer ties with US

Yoon’s botched handling of Pelosi visit sends muddled diplomatic messages
James FretwellJames Fretwell August 9, 2022
Israeli envoy: Korea-Israel ties bright but Yoon visit would be ‘transformative’
Analysis

Israeli envoy: Korea-Israel ties bright but Yoon visit would be ‘transformative’

In interview, Ambassador Akiva Tor says South Korea to ratify FTA ‘very soon’ and that he ‘often’ warns of Iran threats

Israeli envoy: Korea-Israel ties bright but Yoon visit would be ‘transformative’
James FretwellJames Fretwell August 5, 2022
Mad about THAAD: South Korea-China dispute over US missile interceptor returns
Analysis

Mad about THAAD: South Korea-China dispute over US missile interceptor returns

Seoul again finds itself caught between Beijing and Washington as it looks for defenses against North Korean threats

Mad about THAAD: South Korea-China dispute over US missile interceptor returns
James FretwellJames Fretwell July 28, 2022
South Korea blasts off into space without clear vision for where it’s going
Analysis

South Korea blasts off into space without clear vision for where it’s going

Despite ambitions to explore final frontier, Seoul’s investment into its space program lags far behind

South Korea blasts off into space without clear vision for where it’s going
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff July 5, 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
Why Iron Dome and an aircraft carrier provide limited benefits for South Korea
Analysis

Why Iron Dome and an aircraft carrier provide limited benefits for South Korea

Bruce Bennett explains logic of ROK’s military development and how it sells advanced capabilities at lower cost than US

Why Iron Dome and an aircraft carrier provide limited benefits for South Korea
Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll June 13, 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
Tactical nuclear weapons won’t fix South Korea’s security concerns
Analysis

Tactical nuclear weapons won’t fix South Korea’s security concerns

Deploying such weapons would undercut denuclearization efforts and likely exacerbate arms race on Korean Peninsula

Tactical nuclear weapons won’t fix South Korea’s security concerns
Toby DaltonToby Dalton May 26, 2022
It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself
Analysis

It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself

North Korea’s recent weapons tests dramatically tip the scale in its favor. Seoul cannot be caught flat-footed.

It’s time for South Korea to embrace tactical nuclear weapons to defend itself
Chun In-bumChun In-bum May 3, 2022