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July 27, 2017

Women Around the World: This Week

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering July 23 to July 28, was compiled with sup…

Women Around the World: This Week

May 24, 2013

Policy Initiative Spotlight: Employing Post-9/11 Veterans

On Monday, Memorial Day, Wal-Mart will begin fulfilling its promise to hire any recent, honorably discharged veteran that wants a job (at least part-time). The world’s largest retailer says its pledg…

U.S. Marines on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan (Courtesy USMC).

November 24, 2015

Climate Change
How Korea Can Lead on Climate Change

Note: Asia Unbound is reposting this blog today, as it was supposed to be published this week, not last week when this piece was first published. Jill Kosch O’Donnell is an independent researcher an…

Climate Change Green Growth South Korea 2

June 24, 2015

Technology and Innovation
Challenges and Benefits of South Korea’s Middle Power Aspirations

South Koreans have been among the world’s early adopters in globalization over the past two decades, going from outpost to “node” by embracing networks, connectivity, and economic interdependence in …

seoul g20 2010

December 3, 2015

Defense and Security
From No Boots to Nightmare Fuel in Syria

Yesterday, while being interviewed by Norah O’Donnell of CBS News, President Barack Obama made a revealing statement about the careful manner in which U.S. military interventions are made. O’Donnell …

Obama getting on AF1

November 8, 2011

Climate Change
ROK Green Growth Quarterly Update: July–September 2011

Global Green Growth Institute chairman Han Seung-soo of South Korea delivers a keynote speech during the Global Green Growth Summit 2011 in Seoul June 20, 2011 (Courtesy Global Green Growth Institute…

Global Green Growth Institute chairman Han Seung-soo of South Korea delivers a keynote speech during the Global Green Growth Summit 2011 in Seoul June 20, 2011.

June 20, 2012

South Korea
An Emissions Trading Scheme for South Korea: Momentum for Rio+20?

Lee Myung-bak departs Seoul for the G-20 in Los Cabos and the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development with an unanticipated political feather in his camp in the form of ratified national legisla…

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the opening of the High Level Segment at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban

January 9, 2014

Politics and Government
Turkey’s Democratic Mirage

This article was originally posted here on ForeignAffairs.com on Thursday, January 9, 2014.  In 1996, Ergun Ozbudun, a well-known and well-regarded Turkish academic, published an article in the Jour…


November 6, 2012

Climate Change
Assessing the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Sustainability of South Korea’s Contribution

When South Korean president Lee Myung Bak first offered to serve as a bridge between developing and industrialized countries on climate change issues in a speech August of 2008, it seemed implausible…


March 1, 2011

Technology and Innovation
South Korea’s 97 Billion Dollar Question: What is Green Growth?

Jill Kosch O’Donnell is a former Junior Associate of The Asia Foundation and is a writer in Washington, DC. In an interview with the Korea Herald earlier this year, Hur Dong-Soo, CEO of Korea’s GS C…

Lee Myung-back Receives Zayed International Prize for Environment