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No Kettles, Just Cuddles: #Shigak no. 42

By | May 26, 2017

In this edition of #Shigak, we look at a week of rapid-fire personnel picks, with women making notable inroads in the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Veterans and Patriots Affairs. We’ve also got news of amended policing tactics, and the rise of diplomats in the Blue House national security sphere.

Do Not Swear by the Moon: #Shigak no. 41

By | May 17, 2017

The election may be over, but #Shigak is not. In the first installment following Moon Jae-in’s election, we review new political developments, including the new administration’s reaction to North Korea’s latest missile test, profiles of those constituting the new administration, and the return of “March of the Beloved” to official status.

D-Day: #Shigak no. 40

By | May 09, 2017

Election day has arrived, the culmination of just two months of intense politics. As promised, Sino-NK published brand new #Shigak analyses three times a week between April 2 and today. And here is our final pre-election offering.

The Home Stretch: #Shigak no. 39

By | May 06, 2017

The South Korean presidential election may be mere days away, but it continues to throw up some fascinating stories. We look at some of the best in this, the penultimate pre-election edition of #Shigak.

Vying for Second Place: #Shigak no. 38

By | May 03, 2017

With the election less than a week away, is it the beginning of the end for the Bareun Party and its charismatic leader, Yoo Seung-min? This question is on the slate in this edition of #Shigak.

THAAD, Ahn, and the Defector Vote: #Shigak no. 37

By | April 30, 2017

This edition of #Shigak adds the diverse voices of the defector community to the cacophony of election opinion, assess the reasons behind the current, potentially vital dip in Ahn Cheol-soo’s popularity, and reviews the THAAD-tinged fifth televised debate.

LGBT Protests, Ageing Liberals, and Midnight Meetings: #Shigak no. 36

By | April 27, 2017

This installment of #Shigak focuses on two political developments: Ahn Cheol-soo’s slipping popularity, and Moon Jae-in’s stance on sexual minorities in society and in the military.

Welfare and Security Reforms on the Docket: #Shigak no. 35

By | April 26, 2017

Is an alliance between those candidates opposed to a Moon Jae-in presidency possible? What did we learn from the most recent presidential debate? And just how salient are labor market issues to the candidates? This issue of #Shigak addresses these questions and more.