Guns and Butter: #Shigak no. 34

By | April 23, 2017

#Shigak turns its attention to the labor and social welfare policies of the five main candidates, reminding us that while North Korea makes headlines, invigorating the economy is what matters to most people.

Wreathes, Smoke, and National Interest: April 15 and Commemoration in Asia

By | April 21, 2017

East Asia’s cemeteries are a reminder that while leaders and rhetoric may change, the structure of the region remains the same. The borders set in 1953 have not moved. But is there something in the air? Steven Denney cogitates on the contingency of Korean War memory and what it may mean in the present.

And It Was All Yellow: #Shigak no. 33

By | April 19, 2017

Perhaps mindful that less can indeed be more, Ahn Cheol-soo released the most impressive campaign poster of the year this week, and that leads our latest edition of #Shigak. There is also a fittingly yellow tribute to the 304 who died in the Sewol tragedy three years ago.

THAAD and the Great Power Context III: The Quiet Exception in Russian Geopolitics

By | April 18, 2017

Continuing his analysis of Russia’s position on THAAD from a regional security perspective, Anthony Rinna seeks to extrapolate some of the economic and geopolitical issues lying behind the THAAD factor in Russia-South Korea bilateral relations.

There’s No Going Back: #Shigak no. 32

By | April 15, 2017

This edition of #Shigak observes the beginning of official campaigning with the registration of candidates. There is also a review of the first presidential debate, and a look at the childcare policies of the big two, Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo.

Bringing the Humans Back in: #Shigak no. 31

By | April 13, 2017

More on the candidates’ environmental policies; Moon Jae-in’s attempt to seize control of the narrative on national defense and the economy; and a reminder that although Ahn Cheol-soo is rising fast, Moon Jae-in is riding high

Anti-Communism and the Rule of Law: #Shigak no. 30

By | April 11, 2017

This #Shigak includes a legal battle between a sitting lawmaker, Ha Tae-kyung, and a group of progressive lawyers; Moon Jae-in’s attempts to remind the voting public that only he understands the hardships of working people; new polling that shows Ahn Cheol-soo now ahead of Moon; and environmental concerns.

Education, Education, Education: #Shigak no. 29

By | April 08, 2017

This #Shigak sees Ahn Cheol-soo and his wife’s employment record under the microscope, while the Minjoo Party calls into question the Korean language ability and modern Korean historical knowledge of his daughter.

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