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.

Mind the Gap: #Shigak no. 28

By | April 06, 2017

This installment of #Shigak reviews some of the most recent developments in what is shapping up to be a battle between the liberal establishment candidate Moon Jae-in and his former democratic party co-chair, Ahn Cheol-soo.

Falling Short: Financial Sanctions and Sino-North Korean Border Trade

By | April 06, 2017

Kevin Gray interrogates the usefulness of financial sanctions against the DPRK, highlighting ways in which such sanctions impact the development of the licit and illicit border economies.

Unified Candidacy? No, Thanks: #Shigak no. 27

By | April 04, 2017

This issue of #Shigak arrives at the culmination of the party primaries. The candidates have now all been confirmed, but the question of who will be president is far from settled. Moon Jae-in is still the favorite, but Ahn Cheol-soo isn’t far behind.

The Road to the Blue House: #Shigak no. 26

By | April 02, 2017

With the world’s attention on South Korea following months of dramatic — but peaceful — protest and the subsequent impeachment of Park Geun-hye and arrest of Lee Jae-yong, #Shigak returns with a fresh delivery of concise election analyses, the first of many on the road to the Blue House.

Prominent Defections in 2016: How North and South Korea Responded

By | March 29, 2017

Tom Fowdy looks back at 2016, when two defections made headlines around the world. He finds that, seemingly as usual, the pre-eminent concern on both sides of the DMZ appeared to be scoring geopolitical points.

Volcano on the Horizon: Thae Yong-ho and the Politics of Speech

By | March 29, 2017

In a companion piece to Tom Fowdy’s essay, Christopher Richardson looks at the case of Thae Yong-ho and just what it says to us about the politics of speech.

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