South Korea

Interview – Hurricane Kimchi and Ali Zahoor

E-International Relations • Jul 9 2021 • Features

Hurricane Kimchi and Ali Zahoor talk LGBTQ+ activism and drag art in South Korea and internationally.

The Emperor’s Dignity: A Candid Primer on Korean Reunification

Thomas J. Ward • May 12 2021 • Articles

North and South Korean leaders alike pine for reunification, yet the peaceful realization of this aspiration remains in doubt due to nuclear proliferation and human rights violations in the North.

Surveying Opinion on Withdrawing US Troops from Afghanistan and South Korea

For Americans, contextual differences matter in this issue – something that should be reflected better in the political debate.

Opinion – Would You Hire A North Korean? South Korean Public Opinion is Mixed

Despite the considerable amount of assistance which the South Korean government provides for North Korean defectors, many still face discrimination.

The Semi-Public World of Influencer Diplomacy, Universities and Think Tanks

Max Nurnus • Feb 10 2020 • Articles

Governments that engage in influencer diplomacy as well as those who benefit from it have an interest in keeping these activities semi-public.

The Need for Peace Diplomacy in South Korea

Mi-yeon Hur • Sep 13 2019 • Articles

Some people would say that peace diplomacy is naïve, but by seeking “positive peace” the Moon Jae-in government will become a true winner on the international scene.

Theory Synthesis in Sport and International Relations Research

Nikos Lekakis • May 26 2019 • Articles

An inadequate embodiment of IR paradigms exists in contemporary ‘sport & IR’ research as soft power, although highly influential, remains theoretically simplistic.

Interview – Tomohiko Taniguchi

E-International Relations • Apr 29 2019 • Features

Tomohiko Taniguchi shares his views on Japan’s global standing, its foreign relations with the EU and its Northeast neighbours, and the impact of ‘Abenomics’ policies.

The Comfort Women Controversy in the American Public Square

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Mar 10 2019 • Articles

A prevalent mindset existed, and is deeply rooted, among both the Japanese and American military that women were expected to provide sexual services to their soldiers.

Statue Politics vs. East Asian Security: The Growing Role of China

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Mar 8 2019 • Articles

China’s goals in jumping on the official comfort women bandwagon are arguably strategic, helping support the growing divide between Japan and Korea.

Korean Civil Society Organizations: Accomplishments and Expectations

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Mar 2 2019 • Articles

Koreans have drawn parallels between the treatment of the comfort women and the Holocaust, leading Koreans to seek recognition of guilt and accountability from Japan.

The Unusual Case of Taiwan

Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay • Mar 1 2019 • Articles

Unlike Korea, Taiwan has built monuments to pay homage to Japan, honoring the contribution that Japan made to Taiwan during the colonial period, including comfort women.

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