Park Geun-hye is mired in a scandal that is capable of ending her presidency. Her approval rating is scraping the floor. However, unpopular presidents are par for the course in South Korea, as Christopher Green notes.
Vladimir Putin recently gave a piece of calligraphy by former President Park Chung-hee to Park’s daughter, incumbent ROK President Park Geun-hye. Returning with a new Jangmadang, Anthony Rinna looks at the protagonist and his gift through the lens of the Russian media.
Global reports imply a spate of intriguing North Korean defections in recent weeks and months. In one instance, a trade representative fled (or so it is said) for Belarus. Taking the Russian media as his evidence, Anthony Rinna investigates.
Sino-NK isn’t the only one taking a keen interest in China-DPRK borderland dynamics. More and more researchers are visiting the area to get a personal grasp of what is going on. Former ROK Minister of Unification Lee Jong-seok did so in early August. Christopher Green looks at Lee’s report.
The Minjoo Party is at a crossroads, argues the Dong-A Ilbo. The paper recently published an editorial outlining what is at stake in the ongoing main opposition party leadership race. Steven Denney translates.
THAAD is a hot issue in South Korea today. There is conflict over the safety of the system, as well as popular anger at the government’s failure to consult the public at either the local or national level prior to announcing THAAD deployment. This has reinvigorated concerns over the relationship between democracy and the core tenets of the US-ROK alliance. Darcie Draudt investigates.
Chinese Korean youth are not drawn to the Korean peninsula, but the economic opportunities are attractive enough that many will depart their home province for work abroad, sometimes leaving behind children. Shaquille James translates a story published in the Hankyoreh about one such child left behind.
Did Kim Il-sung’s nationalism force the Chinese out of North Korea in the 1950s, or was it an agreed strategy meant to bolster anti-US propaganda? This post reviews new data on a pivotal moment in Chinese-North Korean relations.