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The Iran Deal and the Two Koreas

Stephan Haggard, JoongAng Daily

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

Nicholas Mancusi, Daily Beast

R Kelly, The Diplomat

The interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is shaping up as one of the defining foreign policy battles of Obama’s presidency. The problems are not only with Iran b...(full article)

Just a few months after the end of the Korean War, a bright, well-dressed young man named Kenneth Rowe matriculated at the University of Delaware to study engineering. Although onl...(full article)

For many Americans, though, the entire idea of a North Korean internet seems surprising, and for good reason. Could one of the world's poorest countries, which puts its citizens un...(full article)

As North Korea continues to develop both nuclear weapons and the missile technology to carry them, pressure on South Korea to take preemptive military action will gradually rise. A...(full article)

As North Korea continues to develop both nuclear weapons and the missile technology to carry them, pressure on South Korea to take preemptive military action will gradually rise. A...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Sprouts of Reform in North Korea's Economy - Economist

Tantalising signs of change are emerging. Whether they signal more profound shifts is less clear....

The Rise of the Petty Nuclear Tyrant - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

Are you a world leader with dictatorial aspirations? Need cash quick? Want the world to listen? Would you like an embargo scrapped, or to invade a country without immediately getti...

The Perils of Korean Reunification - Jennifer Lind, The Diplomat

Recent events have brought the topic of Korean unification back into public debate. Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye gave an important address on the subject last sp...

DPRK-Russia Council to Hold Inaugural Meet - Leo Byrne, NK News

Bilateral council's inaugural meeting will coincide with Moscow visit by DRPK's foreign trade minister....

Harsh Realities for North Korean Diplomacy - Brian Benedictus, China PI

Russia’s interests and domestic political realities will place limitations on how far Moscow can (or even wants to) enhance its ties with the DPRK....

Rethinking Strategy on North Korea - Ted Carpenter, China-U.S. Focus

Although the Obama administration took bold steps toward developing a constructive relationship with America’s long-standing Cuban adversary, no similar new thinking is evident r...

Japan's Nationalists Harm their Country's Image - Korea Times

What concerns Japan's neighbors even more is the likelihood that further historical facts will be denied in the months ahead, because Prime Minister Abe's government may delete som...

Japan-South Korea Relations Must Improve - Brahma Chellaney, JT

Political relationships in East Asia remain hostage to history, with historical distortions and a failure to come to terms with history weighing down ties even between America&rsqu...

US Should Address North Korea by Listening to China - Doug Bandow

One of Washington’s greatest policy failures is North Korea. Pyongyang’s most recent provocation apparently was hacking Sony Pictures in retaliation for the movie The I...

Seoul Begs Consumers to Spend - Kim Kwang-ki, JoongAng Daily

The Bank of Korea is poised to lower the benchmark interest rate further after President Park Geun-hye in a New Year’s address made her wishes clear. If it does, the key inte...

Setting Precedents in Cyber Warfare - Tim Ridout, German Marshall Fund

WASHINGTON-The chain of events since the hack on Sony Pictures on November 24 reveals a pressing need for clearer definitions and doctrines in managing cyber conflict. In addition ...

A Capitalist Banks Big in North Korea - Ole Jakob Skatun, NK News

Sources, independent reporting point to KFA leader charging outrageous rates, exaggerating own status in the North....

Let's Test North Korean Intentions - New York Times

North Korea thrust itself back into the international limelight with its recent hacking of Sony Pictures. As always, however, the gravest danger from North Korea is the threat that...

N. Korea, Iran Helping Syria Get Nukes? - Erich Follath, Der Spiegel

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Ass...

Will Kim Jong-Un Finally Leave Hermit Kingdom? - A. Fifield, WaPo

Is this the year that Kim Jong Un finally meets another leader? The young dictator has been giving new meaning to that clichéd phrase about North Korea – that it&rsquo...

The North Korea Regime Change Debate - Joseph Bosco, The Diplomat

Richard Haass, the respected president of the Council on Foreign Relations, raised eyebrows among foreign policy elites recently when he proposed that regime change in North Korea ...

A Spotlight on Estonia's Digital Strategy - Joel Weickgenant, RCWorld

If anyone could feel Sony's pain when the company was hacked in late 2014, it was the Estonian government. After all, Estonia in 2007 was the first country to be hit by anything th...

American 'Praises' N. Korea, Is Banned from South - C. O'Carroll, NKN

A Korean-American woman known for blogging about visits to North Korea will be deported from South Korea this week and banned from returning for five years....

Muddled "Strategic Clarity" on North Korea - Michael Auslin, Commentary

Among those offering a way forward in the current North Korea crisis is Ambassador Christopher Hill, the Bush administration’s chief negotiator in the now-defunct Six Party T...

A Critical Year for Japan's Diplomacy - Nakajima & Teraguchi, China Post

Important diplomatic issues for Japan today include improving ties with China and South Korea and strengthening its alliance with the United States....

Japanese Revisionism or Korean Obstinacy? - James Auer, RealClearWorld

Bitterness in Korea over the terms of the 1965 arrangements grew stronger in the early 1990s. In 1992 a major Japanese newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, began publishing a series of se...

New NK Sanctions Have Little to Do with Sony - John Grisafi, NK News

Sanctions over alleged cyber attack primarily target arms industry, intelligence service....

Could Cuba Strategy Work on North Korea? - Ted Galen Carpenter, NI

President Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba was a wise and courageous exercise of leadership. His action marked the first stage toward ending a policy th...

Seoul's Chaebol Fixation - Wall Street Journal

Weeks after a scandal caused public resentment toward the chaebol to bubble over, South Korea’s leaders are floating the idea of paroles and pardons for imprisoned leaders of the...

Time for Strategic Clarity on North Korea - Christopher Hill, PS

Countries throughout the world get away with bad human-rights records. Some get away with cross-border cyber attacks. A few even get away with maintaining nuclear programs. But rar...

Overcoming the Past in Favour of Mutual Security - JoongAng Daily

The three-way security pact will bring more accurate information on North Korean nuclear and missile dangers. South Korea now has access to Japan’s intelligence through their...

The Issue of "Comfort Women" Needs to Be Solved - Asahi Shimbun

One emotionally charged issue rooted in history continues to weigh heavily upon the relationship between Japan and South Korea....

Putin's Diplomatic Winning Streak - Richard Weitz, Project Syndicate

CHENGDU – Since Russia invaded Crimea last summer, the West has relied on a strategy of economic sanctions and international isolation to compel the Kremlin to withdraw its s...

Deterring North Korean Cyberattacks - New York Times

The recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which the Obama administration said was committed by North Korea, shows how far the United States still has to go to deter such intrusions,...

The Cinema War in Korea - Rich Goldstein, The Daily Beast

Like Sony Entertainment's The Interview, political pressure delayed the arrivale of foreign films in Korea. The first public screening of Pathé film shorts took place sometime aro...

Teaching the Art of the Essay in North Korea - Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

SEOUL, South Korea — When Korean American writer Suki Kim introduced the concept of an essay to her North Korean students, they were befuddled. That’s because an essay...

The US Should Avoid Cyberwar with North Korea - Michael Auslin, The Week

North Korea's creaky internet crashed for nine hours on Monday, and is now mostly back up. This outage is probably no coincidence. Many observers assume that the Obama administrati...

It's Okay to Skip "The Interview" - Emily Yoshida, The Verge

Just as it's our right as Americans to put out any dumb, racist, homophobic, misogynistic comedy that also happens to depict the fiery death of a sitting political leader, it's als...

Why It's Important to Remember the Korean War - S. Weintraub, Politico

It’s clear from the past week that the Korean War continues—and not just in a figurative sense, with North Korea’s paranoid regime striking out from the peninsula...

A Cyber Attack on North Korea? Not so Fast - Shane Harris, Daily Beast

Someone knocked the Hermit Kingdom offline. If it was the United States, the operation will test the bounds of international law....

Did North Korea Really Attack Sony? - Bruce Schneier, The Atlantic

I am deeply skeptical of the FBI’s announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month’s Sony hack. The agency’s evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believ...

Yes, It Was North Korea - Brandon Valeriano, Slate

The Sony hack was perpetuated by either the North Korean government itself or by its third party proxies. There is really no doubt about this. It’s that not that we need to acce...

Little We Can Do to Retaliate Against NK - Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

What can't be fixed is the fact that North Korea learned a lesson from our previous attempt at tightening economic sanctions in 2007, when we cut off the US links of Banco Delta As...

The Electronic Equivalent of War - James Glassman, AEI

Hollywood and the American public alike are in uproar over the recent cancellation of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the assa...

About South Korea

  • Republic of Korea
  • Population: 49,540,000 (24th)
  • Area Size: 38,622 sq mi (108th)
  • GDP: $969.87 billion (13th)
  • Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
  • Official Language: Korean
  • Capital City: Seoul
  • Largest City: Seoul

South Korea Prosperity Rank: 27

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