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Repairing South Korea's Tarnished Image

Luke Stanhope, The Diplomat

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful

John Mearsheimer, National Interest

Rob York, NK News

Luke Stanhope, The Diplomat

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...(full article)

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

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

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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...

North Korea's Deceptive Charm Offensive - B. Klingner, RealClearWorld

The prospects for progress in inter-Korean relations are always dicey. The history of the two Koreas is littered with the shattered hopes of countless previous attempts at getting...

We Should Hope Kim Jong-Un Returns - Isaac Fish, Foreign Policy

It's now been 36 days since Kim Jong Un was last seen in public. Is his absence good for North Korea and the threat it poses to the rest of the world? Or should we hope that he ret...

Kim Jong Un In Charge, at Least Publicly - Christopher Green, The Guardian

The appearance of three senior North Koreans in South Korea at the closing ceremony of the Asian Games has caused quite a stir. One of them has links to sport and another to relati...

North Korea Making Notable Nuke Progress - Linda Chavez, New York Post

It’s easy to ignore, rarely making headlines or causing the average American lost sleep, but North Korea deserves our attention....

Should the BBC Broadcast to North Korea? - Rob York, NK News

An effort to establish a Korean-language service at the BBC, aimed at broadcasting into the North, has some observers interested in giving Northerners more options for hearing abou...

South Korea's Economy at a Crossroads - Korea Times

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South Korea's City of the Future - R. Arbes & C. Bethea, The Atlantic

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The Unexplained Three-Week Absence of Kim Jong Un - R. Iyengar, Time

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How Effective Are North Korea Sanctions? - Stephan Haggard, KEIA

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North Korea an Odd Temptation for Some Americans - Foster Klug, AP

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U.S. Refuses to Use Its Tools Against North Korea - Bruce Klingner, KEIA

Washington has targeted a mere 62 North Korean entities, primarily for illicit activities and weapons of mass destruction. By comparison, the United States has imposed more compreh...

North Korea Is Ready to Talk - Seattle Times

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Opulence for North Korea's Elite - Anna Fifield, Washington Post

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Ending East Asia's History Wars - Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

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Can Korea Tax Itself to Prosperity? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

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South Korea's Limited Options on Pyongyang - Hy-sang Lee, The Diplomat

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

Why a China-South Korea Alliance Won't Happen - Jin Kai, The Diplomat

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

Asia's Never-Ending War - Boston Globe

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...

North Korea's Dangerous Invasion Bluff - Christopher Lee, RealClearDefense

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...

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...

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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