(Un)diplomatic Revenge: China, South Korea and Reciprocal Border Restrictions

By | February 07, 2023

A deeper dive behind the diplomatic spat between China and South Korea over PCR testing rules.

The Hand of Friendship, a Word of Caution: Koreans Settling in Vietnam

By | February 05, 2023

One observer on why Koreans should approach the reality of their increasing influence in Vietnam with both hope and caution.

A Land They Never Knew Properly: South Korea’s Need To Understand Africa

By | December 14, 2022

South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo recently traveled to Ghana. Here, one South Korean academic urges better understanding of Africa, first and foremost by not thinking of “Africa” as a single unit.

Free to be Controlled: Press and Protest under Park Chung-hee

By | November 30, 2022

A review of two recent works examining the role of the media and the development of protest culture in South Korea during the Park regime.

Short- and Long-Term Security Implications of China-DPRK Rapprochement: A View from Seoul

By | November 22, 2022

ROK state-affiliated scholar: Seoul must seek to leverage Chinese wariness of North Korea pushing the envelope to far.

Xi Speaks To Biden, Nods And Winks At Kim

By | November 20, 2022

Xi Jinping’s remarks about the DPRK’s “reasonable fear” may be a sign to Kim Jong Un approving another nuclear test.

ROK Unification Minister: Denuclearization Still In The Cards

By | November 17, 2022

Seoul’s unification minister says denuclearization still possible despite Pyongyang’s recent claims and increasing public calls for an ROK nuclear deterrent.

Palmerston in Seoul: South Korean Russia Hand Calls For Restraint Toward Moscow

By | November 01, 2022

Seasoned South Korean Russia analyst on the opportunities in Moscow-Seoul ties, and the risks that the Yoon administration could undermine ROK interests.

Too Close For Comfort: Geopolitical Implications Behind Putin’s Remarks About ROK Arms Transfers

By | October 31, 2022

Whatever the truth behind the notion that South Korea will supply weapons to Ukraine, the ROK remains a sensitive area for Russian strategic interests.