Politics

The ROK-US Alliance and Great Power Tensions

By | March 14, 2019

Anthony Rinna looks at the future for Seoul in a challenging century: reliant on China for its economic wellbeing and the US for its security, the DPRK may end up being the least of its problems.

Dictatorial Consensus: South Korean Identity and Popular Remembrance of Park Chung-hee

By | November 21, 2018

In her debut on Sino-NK, Megan Cansfield provides readers with some intriguing insights into the connection between Park Chung-hee’s push for industrialization and the formation of a specifically South Korean state identity.

Righter Than You Think: National Security Conservatism and Moon Jae-in

By and | April 03, 2018

Moon Jae-in’s policy toward the North is not the Sunshine Policy of his progressive forebears. Indeed, South Korean political culture leans conservative, especially regarding national security. Steven Denney and Christopher Green make the case.

The Road to Pyongyang: Inter-Korean Summits and North Korean Media

By | March 31, 2018

How were previous inter-Korean summits covered by North Korean media? In part one of a two-part series, Kyle Pope digs into material at the Ministry of Unification’s North Korea Documents Center for answers.

Conditions for Dialogue: #Shigak no. 45

By | June 16, 2017

This installment of #Shigak looks at the conditions set by President Moon for the resumption of North-South dialogue during a recent speech to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration, recent North Korean defections, and the ongoing legislative battle over Moon’s nominee to lead the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Change and Continuity: #Shigak no. 43

By | June 02, 2017

This issue of #Shigak looks at change and continuity under the new Moon government: a new vision for the country’s spy agency and a commitment to the installation of THAAD, the anti-missile defense system, despite controversy.

Yongusil 91: New Frontiers in Korean Studies

By and | May 30, 2017

The new Institute for Korean Studies at the George Washington University recently hosted a workshop for young researchers, “New Frontiers in Korean Studies: Korea and the World.” 10 young scholars presented their work, each pursuing new directions in understanding Korean history, politics, and society.

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.

Anti-Communism Endures: Political Implications of ROK Political Culture

By | May 08, 2017

Anti-communism has a long and storied history in South Korea. Nobody disputes the prevalence of anti-communist sentiment. The public of all ages retains the view that there is an ongoing need for anti-communist ideology. Steven Denney looks at the data.