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It seems that, at long last, North Korea has decided to begin Chinese-style reforms. Marshal Kim Jong-un is obviously inclined to do what his late father, Generalissimo Kim Jong...(full article)

Essay was a much-dreaded word among my students. It was the fall of 2011, and I was teaching English at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. Two hundred...(full article)

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the 250-kilometer long demilitarized zone has acted as a buffer between the North and South, separating profoundly different lifestyles, go...(full article)

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....(full article)

Influence, legacy of DPRK weapons industry extends beyond original Syrian government clients....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Surprising Debauchery of North Korea - Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

Just don’t get caught with a Bible, if you’re American....

DPRK Looks to Russia for Investment - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean hopes for Soviet-era investment a mirage, Pyongyang watcher says....

China Reaches Out for Allies - Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Much energy has been expended on projecting the impact of the rise of Chinese economic power on its political and military might and the strategic contest with the United States. I...

Was 2014 Start of an Asian Spring? - Nithin Coca, The Diplomat

In Hong Kong, it’s a yellow umbrella. In Taiwan, the similarly bright sunflower. Thailand pitted yellow-shirts against red-shirts, while in Indonesia, it is the nat...

Hold Firm on North Korea - Boston Globe

Any thaw in the relationship should be contingent on North Korea taking meaningful steps to end its nuclear program, and nothing else....

The Nuclear Threat's Grim Return - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

There are three reasons for my anxiety. First, the spread of nuclear weapons to unstable countries such as Pakistan and North Korea. Second, the growing body of evidence about how ...

APEC a Keynote Moment in China's Rise - Joe Hhung, China Post

A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana....

Are Russia-DPRK Ties Warming? - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean expert Andrei Lankov argued that while the North Koreans believe the Russians may provide them with new military technology, he does not believe Russia will invest &ld...

Kim Jong Un Embodies North Korea's Ills - Dennis Halpin, Weekly Standard

Kim Jong-un, cane in hand, will continue to hobble forward with his nuclear arsenal, made possibly even more menacing with delivery capability in the form of nuclear-tipped missile...

Great-Power Rivalry Still Threatens the Pacific - The Economist

IN CHINA even a handshake is an expression of power. When Xi Jinping met Barack Obama in Beijing this week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, Mr Xi stood on t...

Myanmar Falls Short on Key Pledges - Matthew Pennington, Time

The quasi-civilian government has progressed, but deep problems remain....

Seoul Needs to Engage Pyongyang - Shim Jae-yun, Korea Times

The U.S. and North Korea have shown signs of improving relations with the recent release of two American detainees. This can be construed as a positive sign of relations thawing be...

Fatal Hazing in South Korea's Military - Jason Strother, Worldcrunch

Six South Korean soldiers have been accused of killing one of their fellow conscripts. Yoon Seung-joo, 20, died earlier this year after being force-fed and beaten. Abuse within Sou...

Asia's Economic Miracle Has Peaked - William Wilson, National Interest

Demographic trends, faltering exports, slowing growth in China and a credit bubble all suggest a new reality for Asia....

Why North Korea Released 2 Americans - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

Even though a fundamental improvement in relations soon is unlikely, it is right to test the North Koreans. At some point, the regime will have to change, and we should find out if...

On Iran Talks, Lessons from North Korea - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Twenty years on, North Korea is a nuclear power, more threatening than ever. Its cheating began almost the instant it signed the Agreed Framework and subsequent agreements....

Finding a Vaccine Against Oppression - A. Soufan & M. Daniels, The Hill

From North Korean and Iranian nukes, to Russian territorial aggression, to radical Islamic terrorists, it would seem that the threats confronting us are as myriad and disparate as ...

Has North Korea Quarantined Itself? - Hamish Macdonald, NK News

North Korean authorities are continuing to adopt more stringent measures to prevent the Ebola virus from entering DPRK territory, expanding restrictions to also limit parts of the ...

How True Are NK Defector Stories? - John Power, The Diplomat

In between sobs, Park Yeonmi gave her account of life in North Korea. Public executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and suffocating censorship were just some of the harsh realities...

Will North Korea Ever Use Nukes? - Rob York, NK News

North Korea watchers are convinced that the odds of a nuclear attack by the rogue state against its antagonists – Seoul, Tokyo and Washington – remains unlikely even if the Nor...

Repairing South Korea's Tarnished Image - Luke Stanhope, The Diplomat

If image is everything, South Korea needs a tune up. At least as far as the West is concerned....

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

North Korea's Charm Offensive - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

North Korea has long used ballistic missile tests and underground nuclear explosions to proclaim its intentions to the world. But fearing that the West wants to prosecute their lea...

China Launches Its World Bank Alternative - Reuters

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Weste...

Welcome Back, Mr. Kim - Bloomberg

Now that North Korea's supreme leader has resurfaced, it's time for U.S. and South Korean leaders to sit down and talk with their North Korean counterparts....

An Overview of U.S. Trade Ties to Asia - Heritage Foundation

It is in the cause of furthering American interests that The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center once again offers a snapshot of America’s stake in the Pacific a...

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

North and South Korea Fail to Reach Agreement - Justin McCurry, Guardian

The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years have ended in stalemate, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences on how to ease animosit...

Kim Jong Un Is Back, We Think - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

After a 40-day absence from the public, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency reports that the leader Kim Jong-un has made visits to two separate places, although...

The Ominous Realities of North Korean Succession - Scott Snyder, TNI

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for over one month, failing to participate in a major Supreme People’s Assembly gathering and anniversary c...

North Korean Intent Is Always Hard to Read - Tong Kim, Korea Times

The surprise visit of the three most powerful officials serving North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the South on Oct. 4 caught most people off guard....

Kim Jong Un Misses North Korean Anniversary - Lucy Westcott, Newsweek

Media reports that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appeared to be a no-show at a key political anniversary ceremony Friday heightened the mystery over the leader’s prolonged ...

North Korea's Surprise Diplomacy - Katharine H.S. Moon, Project Syndicate

The unexpected visit of three top leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon last week, stole the show from th...

About South Korea

  • Republic of Korea
  • Population: 49,540,000 (24th)
  • Area Size: 38,622 sq mi (108th)
  • GDP: $969.87 billion (13th)
  • Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
  • Official Language: Korean
  • Capital City: Seoul
  • Largest City: Seoul

South Korea Prosperity Rank: 27

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