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South Korea’s New President: Into Rough Foreign Policy Waters

South Korea’s New President: Into Rough Foreign Policy Waters

The government of Moon Jae-in faces a number of foreign policy challenges; he may ride a wave of popular support at home – but will have to deal with rougher waters.

South Korea’s Blue House Scandal

South Korea’s Blue House Scandal

Outsiders must understand that what citizens are demanding is not only the removal of a corrupt ruler but also meaningful changes to the economic and political structure.

What is it for? Assessing the South Korea-Japan Deal on the Comfort Women Issue

What is it for? Assessing the South Korea-Japan Deal on the Comfort Women Issue

The South Korean public believe their government made a humiliating deal with Japan. Thus, the comfort women issue continues as an impediment to reconciliation.

Political Apology 2.0:  Japan says Sorry to ‘Comfort Women’ (Again)

Political Apology 2.0: Japan says Sorry to ‘Comfort Women’ (Again)

Grievously wounded subjects are not easily healed and it would be naïve to assume that victims of state aggression will be able to put the past behind them.

How can we face the past seriously? A Comment on the ‘Comfort Women’-Agreement

How can we face the past seriously? A Comment on the ‘Comfort Women’-Agreement

The Japanese government has forced the South Korean government to take responsibility for the situation by repeating almost the same ritual apologies made in the 1990s.

Review – MIKTA, Middle Powers, and New Dynamics of Global Governance

Review – MIKTA, Middle Powers, and New Dynamics of Global Governance

By being one of the few scholarly texts to focus on the MIKTA, Jongryn’s edited volume is a substantial contribution to global governance literature.

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

‘Oil Then,’ ‘Water Now’: Another Reason for War in the 21st Century?

Water has now become a most sought after commodity, one that countries have displayed a renewed interest in and with an increasing amount of threat-of-force.

Review – The Massacres at Mt. Halla

Review – The Massacres at Mt. Halla

Hun Joon Kim’s analysis represents a welcome and well-written, but ultimately very partial, view of the search for ‘comprehensive truth’ in South Korea.

South Korea’s Foreign Policy in 2013: Building Trust in East Asia

South Korea’s Foreign Policy in 2013: Building Trust in East Asia

“Trust” has been the buzzword for President Park Geun-hye, and 2013 saw ‘trustpolitik’ in action in South Korea’s relationships with North Korea, China and Japan.

North Korea as the ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf’: A Response

North Korea as the ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf’: A Response

Ignoring North Korea is the worst sleight of all. It reminds the elites what they know, and hate – that no one takes them seriously. North Korea is another ‘Upper Volta with nuclear weapons,’ and we should treat it as such.

Escalation Gambit: North Korea’s Perilous Play for Security and Prosperity

Escalation Gambit: North Korea’s Perilous Play for Security and Prosperity

The hostile posturing of the North Korean leadership is decipherable if located within the context of its symbiotic national security and economic development goals.

IR Theory and the DPRK

IR Theory and the DPRK

Looking at interpretations of current events through an IR theory lens, it is astonishing at how often claims have been made that war is likely, and that we have no way of understanding what North Korea might do.

Opportunity and Peril in the North Korean Standoff

Opportunity and Peril in the North Korean Standoff

Most pundits have determined that Kim Jong Un has consolidated power and is now about to, irrationally, strike out against South Korea and her allies. But, what if this assumption is an error?

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