A South Korean lawmaker reports that North Korea and China concluded an agreement on a high-speed rail link from Kaesong to Beijing on the very day that Jang Sung-taek was arrested. Christopher Green investigates.
It barely made a splash back home, but a recent SPA decree establishing economic development zones nationwide attracted great international attention. Should it have been so? Chosun Ilbo takes a firm stance, and Christopher Green watches on.
South Korea appears to have a rich and varied mediasphere. However, over the last two years there has been conflict over the role of “jongpyeon” media companies TV Chosun, Channel-A, JTBC and MBN. The connection to inter-Korean relations is worth noting. Christopher Green explains.
One of the most common South Korean military buzzwords of recent months is “Kill Chain.” It sounds scary and pregnant with deterrence capability, but does it work? Hankyoreh and Professor Choi Jong-kun of Yonsei University think not. Christopher Green summarizes the argument.
Nothing looms larger in the rear view mirror of South Korea’s democratic legacy than the South Jeolla Province city of Gwangju and the events that took place there in May 1980. That same democratization narrative was again abused in May 2013, this time along with some defector testimony of a most curious disposition. Christopher Green and Steven Denney investigate.
How are South Korea-lead civil society networks addressing “global problems” that manifest or originate from Northeast Asia? As part of a summer research effort, Christopher Green sat down with Dr. Park DongKyun, a forestry expert, to find out. The interview is a product of their conversation.
Thanks to the classic text “Beyond Charismatic Politics,” legacy politics in North Korea has entered the analytical lexicon in a big way. However, less well understood is the role of legacy in South Korea. Christopher Green investigates.