South Korea

How to Privatize Airspace: the Example of KAD...

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Chinese military aircraft entering what is referred to as South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) is something that constantly comes up when we discuss the problems affecting relations between China and South Korea, but this problem has recently started becoming even more serious. From South Korea’s perspective, 23 July 2019 was the turning point, when…

Pigs are Getting Slaughtered in South Korea

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As we continue to monitor the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in South Korea, we would like to remind out readers that, as of the morning of 27 September 2019, more than 30,000 pigs in the nation had been deemed at risk of infection and 9 cases of the disease had been reported in less than two weeks. Although ASF does…

Wianbu Issue and Risk of Pushing it Too Far

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On 14 August, commemorations for the International Memorial Day for the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Victims during World War II were held in South Korea yet again. The Research Association on and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan held the 1,400th rally (staged since January 1992) in front of Japan’s embassy…

Moon Jae-in’s Speech at the UN General ...

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As it was promised, we are going to take a closer look at the speech presented by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in in front of the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2019. The rationale behind this analysis is the fact that nothing can tell you more about a politician than his public speeches. It was widely assumed that the South Korean leader would…

Moon Jae-in’s Visit to United States in Septe...

From 22 to 26 September 2019, President of the Republic of Korea was in New York. His visit included speaking at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and participating in yet another U.S.-South Korea Summit (9th in two and a half years). Initially, ROK’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon was supposed to attend the U.N. General…

Economic Cooperation between South Korea and ...

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Russia has for some time now supported the idea of Eurasian integration and the creation of a single economic space in Eurasia. With this aim in mind, the Russian Federation has been collaborating with the nations on the continent in a bilateral format as well as within frameworks of various organizations, such as the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)…

There’s no Escaping ASF for Seoul at Th...

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In the second half of September of this year, an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) seems to have begun in South Korea. Despite the fact that this disease does not pose a risk to humans, it has earned its name (swine fever) for a reason, since a highly pathogenic strain of ASF is 100% fatal. There are no medicines to treat this sickness. And the only…

What the Aggravation of the US-Iranian Relati...

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Continuing to monitor the confrontation between Washington and Tehran, the author of this article can see how it affects the South Korean interests. The sanctions badly hit the country’s economy and, since the summer of 2019, there have been attempts to involve Seoul in…

Tensions in Korean-Japanese Relations: the La...

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We are continuing to keep a close eye on the trade war between Japan and South Korea to provide you with coverage of the latest chapter of events as they unfold. On August 6, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it clear that he was not going to consider holding…

Moon Jae-in’s Spring Cleaning: the Designatio...

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On August 9, 2019 South Korean President Moon Jae-in conducted a major reshuffle, including the replacement of eight cabinet ministers and the appointment of a new ambassador to the USA. Replacing ministers is nothing new for Moon Jae-in – this kind…

The South Korean-Japanese Conflict is Unfold...

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The Japanese-South Korean conflict that we recently discussed is developing, involving other countries and turning into one of the important factors impacting the overall picture of the political situation in Northeast Asia. Let us reiterate that the Japanese-South Korean relations had always been, to put it mildly, of a somewhat…

Scandal Surrounding South Korea’s Ministry of...

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The entire month of May, South Korea was in the throes of yet another scandal involving the government, which can be best summarized as follows. On 7 May 2019, ROK’s President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump had a 35-minute telephone conversation, during which…


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