South Korea

Yoon Suk-yeol Takes Office

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On May 10, 2022, the inauguration ceremony for the new president of the Republic of Korea, Yoon Suk-yeol, took place in front of the National Assembly building in Seoul.  The slogan of the ceremony was “Again Republic of Korea: A New Country for the People.” Some 40,000 people watched the event, including 24,000 members of the public. Traditionally, the new president’s inauguration…

Lee Jae-myung and Ahn Cheol-soo Enter the Fray

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On June 1, 2022, in addition to the local government elections, there will be a by-election for parliament: when an MP leaves to join the government, his or her seat is vacated and must be filled. Although the mandates are few and will not change the overall balance of power (recall that the opposition to President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol controls 172 of the 300 mandates), two political…

Korean Parallels to the Ukrainian Crisis

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Periodically, the audience asks the author what he thinks about the current situation. While the author is not an expert on Ukraine, he nevertheless sees a number of curious parallels between the current developments and the events of Korean history, which he would like to remind readers of. The first parallel concerns the Korean War, which is very often…

Park Sang-hak is Making a Mess Again

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The time is coming for conservatives, and far-right NGOs are stepping up. They include the Fighters for a Free North Korea (FFNK), led by someone like Park Sang-hak, who stands out from the ranks of career defectors because he isn’t so much telling scary tales as he is actively fighting the regime, not shying away from smuggling and terrorism. His biography is very diverting…

Yoon Suk-yeol’s Government: the First Scandals

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So, the elected president of Republic of Korea has formed a government, but its confirmation has to go through the parliament, which is controlled by the democrats. And, of course, there were “questions” about the nominees. And while in some cases they were relevant, in others they resemble the Russian proverb that you can get to the bottom of a telegraph pole if you want…

How a Decision to Attack North Korea Could be Made and the Role that “Experts” Play

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This author has in previous articles looked at the way lurid fake news stories appear and how incidents are investigated, and this article will look at how key decisions are taken, specifically in terms of the role played by experts.  It is commonly assumed that governments are omniscient, and that either the head of state or their advisers consider…

Korean Peninsula: Approaching the Dangerous Threshold?

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In 2017, before the thaw in relation started, the author mentioned several times that both countries in the Korean peninsula were close to a dangerous threshold. Unfortunately, in spring 2022, this crisis again became likely to happen. The reason for that is not only the launch of Hwasong 17, but also a number of other events. Expanded military and political alliance between…

Yoon Seok-yeol and his Government.

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Continuing the conversation about the team of the President-elect of the Republic of Korea, we’ll discuss those persons whom he expects to be members of the government, since the relevant announcements have been made. It is expected that at least at the end of April, 18 candidates for the ministerial offices will undergo parliamentary hearings on the approval of their official…

Election Race in ROK Is Not Over Yet!

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The South Korean political struggle is by no means over with the presidential elections of March 2022. The next important date for everyone in this country is the elections to local authorities, which will be held on June 1, 2022. At stake are 17 posts of heads of regions (governors, mayors) and thousands more local administrative, legislative and educational positions…

Yoon Seok-yeol and His Team

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The team makes the leader. When speculating about the new President of South Korea, the fact that he has never worked as a professional politician before makes it all the more important to look at his close associates and the members of the presidential transition committee. After all, that committee is likely to become the core of the new government. To begin with Yoon Seok-yeol’s immediate…

The End of the Blue House?

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The complex of multiple buildings, more known as the Blue House (Korean: Cheongwadae) has been the symbol of the presidential administration of the Republic of Korea similar to the Kremlin in Russia and the White House in the US. Located at the foot of Bukhansan mountain behind the Gyeongbokgung palace, it combined the functions of the presidential office and the residence of the head…

Yoon Suk-yeol: A Glimpse into his Biography

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In mass media reports the new President of the Republic of Korea is described as a conservative and the former Prosecutor-General, thus predicting the direction of his future course. To the author this image seems incomplete. In fact, the situation is more complicated, and a more detailed study of Yoon’s biography will allow us to predict his actions more…


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