South Korea

대한민국

Hy-sang Lee, The Diplomat

North Korea's Dangerous Invasion Bluff

Christopher Lee, RealClearDefense

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang....(full article)

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang....(full article)

Despite close ties, Beijing and Seoul’s divergent interests, as well as regional politics, preclude a formal alliance....(full article)

In the eyes of many Japanese, especially the right-wing voters who helped elect Abe, the annual controversy over visits by Japanese politicians to the shrine seems unfair. It honor...(full article)

From weapons proliferation, to human rights matters, and to global security—North Korea is present. It is extremely difficult to find a major international issue in which No...(full article)

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The Martial Arts Army of North Korea - Sascha Matuszak, Vice

It’s fitting that the DPRK Special Forces spend a lot of this video demonstrating how hard their bodies are. The message these staged performances send to the North Korean pe...

A Plan to Save the East China Sea - Stewart Taggart, The National Interest

Disputed islands. Air identification zones. Incidents at sea. Arguments over history. These ongoing headlines obscure the real challenges of the East China Sea. These include inc...

Uber and Classic Asian Mercantilism - Robert Kelly, The Diplomat

The debate over the political economy in Asia is often harsh. A long-standing Western criticism is that Asian states use all manner nebulous maneuvers to inhibit local penetratio...

Korea Can't Follow German Unification Model - Yong Kwon, Diplomat

The long-delayed Unification Preparatory Committee has finally started work this week. Inaugurated in February, the actual launching of the committee had been postponed by domest...

If North Korea Collapsed... - Priya Sethi, The National Interest

Speculation on the eventuality of a North Korean government collapse has fueled analysts and policy makers for years. From the famine and economic crisis in the 1990s to recent pol...

Time for South Korea to Step Up - JoongAng Daily

It is time for South Korea to play a more active role. It must come up with inventive ways to persuade America and China to find a middle ground....

Abe Pushing Beijing, Seoul Together - Japan Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul without first visiting Pyonyang reflects the rapidly declining relatio...

U.S. Needs a New North Korea Strategy - Doug Bandow, National Interest

Washington should engage diplomatically with the Pyongyang. Doing so might not change anything, but that would be no worse than the status quo....

Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea? - J. Berkshire Miller, Nat'l Interest

Last week, senior Japanese diplomats met with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing to discuss progress on Pyongyang’s promise to reinvestigate cases of abducted Japanese na...

Can Beijing & Seoul Become Strategic Partners? - Scott Snyder, Diplomat

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...

Balancing China and the U.S. - JoongAng Daily

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seoul accompanied by an entourage with many top corporate executives for a milestone-setting two-day state visit to South Korea. Never has a...

Why North Korea Fears Hollywood - Paul Fischer, New York Times

In mid-June, the trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy “The Interview” hit the Internet. The movie, due in October, stars James Franco and Mr. Rogen a...

Kim Jong-un Is Ready for His Closeup - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Asian geopolitics may never be the same now that Kim Jong Un has Seth Rogen and James Franco in his cross hairs....

Why Is North Korea So Mad About a Seth Rogen Movie? - Cha & Lim, FP

Clearly, the leadership feels personally threatened by this film, unlike other similar movies that preceded it. Pyongyang seemed OK with 2004's Team America: World Police, the firs...

5 Films That Sparked International Incidents - Eric Dodds, Time

According to the trailer for their upcoming film, The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen (or at least the characters they play) will be sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim...

Japan's Trickery Won't Fool International Community - Korea Times

For the past several months, the Japanese government has racked its brain how to dilute, if not revoke, Tokyo's 1993 apology for the wartime sex slavery of foreign women. Friday's ...

The Cults of South Korea - John Power, The Diplomat

For more than six weeks, an obscure Christian sect widely described as a cult has dominated the news in South Korea. The reason: its alleged connection to a ferry sinking in April ...

Let North Korea Collapse - Sue Terry, New York Times

North Korea is a threat that keeps on threatening. Satellite imagery recently revealed increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear site. The government in Pyongyang appears to hav...

I Was Kim Jong-Il's Poet Laureate - Jang Jin-Sung, New Republic

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U.S. Is Bullying South Korea Over Missile Defense - Korea Times

The ongoing MD controversy is all the more disturbing because of widespread talks that the U.S. is demanding this in return for the delay in Seoul's takeover of wartime military co...

Can South Korea Conduct a Fair Trial of Ferry Crew? - Youkyung Lee, AP

Less than two months after the ferry Sewol sank, court proceedings over the disaster are set to begin for 15 crew members over the disaster - four of them for homicide. The job of ...

North Korea's 'Black Market Generation' - Yeon-Mi Park, Washington Post

Like a lot of North Korean refugees, I would not mind visiting a reformed North Korea one day. I have hope for such a place because while the international community debates how ...

Shelling and Sports Don't Mix - JoongAng Daily

North Korea has announced that it will send its athletes and sports delegation to the Incheon Asian Games, which will be held from Sept. 19 through Oct. 4. It will be the third tim...

A Golden Opportunity to Cut Korea Loose - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

Washington needs to reflect first on why the North is such a problem for America. A small, impoverished, and distant state, even with a handful of nuclear weapons (but no delivery ...

How Japan and North Korea 'Use' Each Other - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

By reaching out to Japan at a time when the latter is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China, North Korea is seeking to demonstrate to its patron in Beijing that there are potent...

The Battle for the South China Sea - Michael Totten, World Affairs

Furious mobs fire-bombed Chinese-owned factories in Vietnam in retaliation for China placing an oil rig in what Vietnam claims are its territorial waters. Hanoi is cracking down ...

The Odd Couple: China and North Korea - Dean Cheng, National Interest

Are Beijing and Pyongyang finally on the outs? Recent reports that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has not exported any crude oil to North Korea for the last three months c...

The N. Korean Threat Is No Joke - Joshua Stanton & Sung-Yoon Lee, CNN

In the past weeks, North Korean state media have called the female President of South Korea a "dirty political harlot" and an "old prostitute"; the gay chairman of the U.N. Commiss...

Why a North Korean Spring Will Never Happen - Doug Bandow, TNI

Washington should loosen military ties with South Korea and extricate itself from a potential Korean conflict. The United States should terminate the “mutual” defense treaty, w...

N. Korea's List of U.S. Human Rights Abuses - Jess Zimmerman, GP

The United Nations released a report on North Korean human rights abuses in February, stating categorically that the country’s violations were “without any pa...

Of Course China Has a Plan for N. Korea's Collapse - Emily Rauhala, Time

Leaked documents in Japanese media purportedly show a contingency plan drawn up by Chinese officials should the North Korean regime collapse, but no one should be surprised Beijing...

What China Really Thinks of North Korea - Tom Wilson, Commentary

As a kind of secretive hermit state, North Korea clings to its remaining ally in China. Yet the recent leaking of sensitive documents from the Chinese military to the Japanese med...

Why East Asia Alienates Intellectuals - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

East Asia is arguably the most important part of the world. It is the geographic organizing principle of the global economy. It has an array of strong, consequential nations and tr...

Global Ground Zero in Asia - Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate

The biggest geopolitical risk of our times is not a conflict between Israel and Iran over nuclear proliferation. Nor is it the risk of chronic disorder in an arc of instability tha...

Stop Pushing North Korea to Disarm - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

What Kim fears more than the 28,000 U.S. troops in the South is a loss of control over North Korean society. Isolated border-town factories run jointly with the South Koreans are o...

Asia to Obama: So Long, and Thanks for All the Bases - The Economist

Barack Obama is winding down his four-country tour of Asia this evening with a banquet in Manila. Time to assess the latest chapter in America’s vaunted “pivot” t...

Meet North Korea's New Capitalists - Andrei Lankov, NK News

By providing kickbacks, foreign currency to the state, money-making enterprises thrive in ‘Stalinist’ state....

What if Aliens Landed in Asia? - Koichi Hamada, Project Syndicate

If a space alien landed in East Asia today, it would find a region shaped by rapid economic transformation, complex geopolitical dynamics, and deep historical animosities. Perhaps ...

Why Is Everyone Taking Notes Around Kim Jong-un? - K. Westcott, BBC

Without fail, every photo shows Kim Jong Il Surrounded by note-takers. What gives?...

Obama Is Sending the Wrong Signal to Japan - Korea Times

We are afraid Obama’s seeming endorsement of their acts, and his embrace of Tokyo’s right to exercise collective self-defense, will give the wrong signal to Prime Minister Shin...

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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