July 04, 2022


John Lee

John Lee is a blogger at the Korean Foreigner and focuses on economic and political issues as they relate to the Koreas and the United States.


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

John LeeJohn LeeJune 28, 2022

How Biden’s ‘Buy American’ rule harms the US-South Korea alliance

Allies have pledged to look for ways to keep trade barriers from impacting defense, but domestic politics is an obstacle

John LeeJohn LeeJune 14, 2022

Why supporting Taiwan remains a bridge too far for South Korea

Indirect aid would align Seoul with other liberal democracies, but memories of Chinese economic retaliation linger

John LeeJohn LeeJune 1, 2022

As Seoul joins NATO cyber group, Chinese propagandist threatens Ukraine ‘path’

Threatening to invade South Korea will do little to improve the image of China among the ROK public

John LeeJohn LeeMay 6, 2022

The rocky shoals on which Yoon Suk-yeol’s foreign policy could shipwreck

New ROK president will have to navigate US, China and North Korea policies, with few options that make all sides happy

John LeeJohn LeeMay 4, 2022
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North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago

Foreign influence, especially from South Korea, is a far more dangerous threat than sanctions or COVID-19

John LeeJohn LeeAugust 3, 2021

North Korean defector Yeonmi Park muddles human rights message with partisanship

Prominent defectors like Park often align themselves with conservatives in South Korea and the U.S.

John LeeJohn LeeJune 23, 2021

Thae Yong-ho’s free speech double-standard: Balloons vs propaganda

Controversy over Kim Il Sung’s memoirs is a reminder that fundamental rights have become politicized in South Korea

John LeeJohn LeeMay 26, 2021
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With diplomacy going nowhere, it’s time to accept the status quo with North Korea

Military action would end in disaster, and lifting sanctions would set a dangerous precedent

John LeeJohn LeeJune 23, 2019
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Why Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy isn’t working

With Trump and Kim refusing to budge, the South Korean President is headed for failure

John LeeJohn LeeApril 18, 2019
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