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August 15, 2018

South Korea
Moon Jae-in’s 2018 Liberation Day Speech and South Korea’s Foreign Policy

The commemoration marking the anniversary of the end of World War II is always a bittersweet moment in South Korea. It marks a day of euphoria on the Korean peninsula that carries with it both the le…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech.

March 10, 2017

Elections and Voting
Park Geun-hye’s Impeachment: What Next?

South Korea’s Constitutional Court unanimously upheld the National Assembly’s impeachment of Park Geun-hye today, paving the way for new elections to be held within 60 days of the ruling. May 9 has b…

April 18, 2016

Elections and Voting
Upheaval in South Korea’s National Assembly: Expect More Surprises

The first rule of watching South Korean elections is the same as the first rule for watching Korean TV dramas: be prepared to be surprised. In this respect, South Korea’s 2016 National Assembly elect…

Opposition Korea Korean Election National Assembly Saenuri Party Minjoo Democratic People

February 1, 2016

Japan
The Japan-Korea Comfort Women Deal: Proper Implementation Is What Matters

This post was coauthored with Brad Glosserman, executive director at Pacific Forum CSIS. The cycle of negativity surrounding Japan-South Korea relations since the Abe-Park era began in early 2013 …

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December 14, 2015

China
North Korea’s Band Came Home, and Inter-Korean Talks Broke Down: What Next?

Last week it seemed possible that North Korea was ready for the first time under Kim Jong-un to reach out in parallel to its closest neighbors, South Korea and China. Inter-Korean dialogue had resume…

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August 27, 2014

South Korea
Darcie Draudt: The Sewol Controversy and Parliamentary Deadlock in South Korea

Darcie Draudt is a research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. On Tuesday, South Korea’s main opposition party, the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD), began a …

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August 18, 2014

Japan
Park Geun-hye’s “Correct View of History” With Japan

The August 15 anniversary of the end of World War II—when the Korean peninsula gained independence from Japanese colonial rule—is not just a time of reflection on  the legacy and costs of that war; i…

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July 17, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
Northeast Asian Security Architecture: Lessons from European History

Henry Kissinger offered a sobering observation last February in Munich when he suggested that the uptick in geopolitical rivalry between China and Japan reminded him of nineteenth century Europe. Min…

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July 1, 2014

China
Can Beijing and Seoul Become Strategic Partners?

China’s President Xi Jinping will complete an exchange of state visits with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the space of a little less than a year. This is a remarkable intensification of the…

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May 15, 2014

North Korea
Is It Really Possible To Get Back To Six Party Talks?

At her joint press conference with President Barack Obama last month in Seoul, South Korean president Park Geun-hye stated against the backdrop of apparent preparations by North Korea to conduct a fo…

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