South Korea

How Likely is it that US troops will be Withd...

KO3543234234On May 4, the New York Times, 2018 citing a number of different sources, reported that Donald Trump had ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for a possible reduction of America’s military presence in South Korea.  Of course, it is not a question of Kim yielding, but, according to…

Is the Korean Comment-rigging Scandal Similar...

5a7cdb7ad03072920e8b4686-750-375Only recently we wrote about the conservative ex-president of South Korea, who ended up in prison as a result of a series of accusations levelled against him. Still an ongoing scandal that started in mid-April has all the tell-tale signs that may turn it into an analogous story…

Memory-Sticks & Quotas: The Politics of ...

8911Import quotas have long been out of fashion among U.S. leaders in the age of free trade and globalization. However, on April 30th, the White House announced that the United States has now revived the practice, with South Korea being the first country subject to this harsh economic…

New Stage of Political Game on the Korean Pen...

5623234234A month ago, we left open the possibility of a political breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula, but the progress rates of the new game developing here exceed the wildest expectations. During the whole previous year, the major opponents on the Korean Peninsula were comparing their nuclear…

Political Breakthrough Possible on the Korean...

564213231On February 10 of the current year, the reception of the delegation of DPRK (the most representative one since the Korean War) by the South Korean President, as well as the subsequent negotiations of the parties became one of the most significant events of regional and world…

The Diplomatic Crisis Around “Comfort Women”:...

916A778Many of the author’s materials have been devoted to the surge of tension associated with the so-called ‘Comfort Women’ problem (Kor.: Wianbu) and the unsuccessful attempt to resolve the problem under Park Geun-hye. However, before we analyse the crisis in more detail about this…

What Should Moon Jae-in Do to Establish an In...

015a2383ff5f3619cab9fef3b96b4642In the previous articles, we have already mentioned about the straddling the fence policy of new President of the Republic of Korea. On the one hand, Moon Jae-in actively lobbies American policy toward the DPRK, and on the other hand constantly…

On the Roots of Anti-Japan Moods in South Kor...

S44656234324The interest that has been generated by the author’s articles on the scandals around the Yasukuni shrine and other articles on our web-site on the “comfort women” problem has encouraged the author to take a closer look at the inception of much of the hard-core anti-Japanese…

Changes for the better in relations between t...

TH342342342The end of 2017 may be distinguished by identifiable changes in the policy of Beijing relation to the states of the Korean peninsula: if in the North Korean direction after the sixth nuclear test of 2017 there is a tightening…

Comfort Women Reappear on Current Political S...

DK5R3rYVAAAxjLpLife is full of curveballs. On November 7, 2017, President of the United States Donald Trump winded up his visit to Japan, which was part of his relatively smooth tour of Asia; later, on the same day, he arrived in South Korea, the country that he was to visit next on his…

The Problems of Moon Jae-in’s Energy Policy

7755 Journal NEO CollageNot so long ago, we talked about the great purge of Moon Jae-in instigated to strengthen his political position. Without this, many of his projects, especially populistic initiatives, risk being buried, not unlike the similar ideas of his predecessors. In this context, let us consider the course of …

The Tragedy of Sewol: A New Investigation?

5241231231On 13 October 2017, the new presidential administration of the Republic of Korea filed a petition to the prosecutor’s office about the start of a new investigation into the tragedy of the vehicle-passenger ferry Sewol. The ferry, carrying…


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