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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol with U.S. President Joe Biden
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol with U.S. President Joe Biden

South Korea’s Conservatives Aren’t Any Tougher on China or North Korea Than Liberals

The new Yoon administration will stick to the same line Seoul always follows.

People watch a television screen showing a North Korean military parade.
People watch a television screen showing a North Korean military parade.
People hold candles during a rally to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul on March 4.
People hold candles during a rally to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine near the Russian Embassy in Seoul on March 4.

South Korea Must Pick a Side

Russia’s war in Ukraine has shown the “shrimp among whales” that hedging is no longer a viable foreign policy.

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol gestures during a ceremony at the National Assembly Library in Seoul on March 10.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol gestures during a ceremony at the National Assembly Library in Seoul on March 10.

South Korea’s New President Understands the Threat From Pyongyang

Yoon Suk-yeol’s victory tightens the alliance with Washington.

A pastor speaks during a online Christmas service from the Yoido Full Gospel Church on December 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.
A pastor speaks during a online Christmas service from the Yoido Full Gospel Church on December 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

A Lame-Duck Moon Can Fix South Korea’s Refugee Failings

Persecuted Chinese Christians deserve asylum from Seoul.

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party celebrates with supporters at the party's headquarters in Seoul.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party celebrates with supporters at the party's headquarters in Seoul.

Misogyny and Real Estate Tax Produced Conservative Victory in South Korea

Five years after Park Geun-hye’s expulsion, a narrow win for the Korean right.

A man looks at posters ahead of South Korea's presidential election.
A man looks at posters ahead of South Korea's presidential election.

South Korea Wants to Be a Player, Not a Bystander

With elections close, a rising country considers its place in the world.

Lee Jae-myung and Yoon Seok-youl stand side by side in front of podiums; both wear face masks.
Lee Jae-myung and Yoon Seok-youl stand side by side in front of podiums; both wear face masks.

Why South Korea’s Presidential Election Matters to the U.S.

It’s the first in recent memory to feature substantive foreign-policy differences between the ruling and opposition camps.

Yoon Suk-yeol and Lee Jae-myung shake hands.
Yoon Suk-yeol and Lee Jae-myung shake hands.
Pro-democracy protest in Seoul
Pro-democracy protest in Seoul

Biden’s Democracy Summit Success Now Depends on Allies

In Asia, the door is wide open to new partnerships bolstering democratic norms.

Relatives weep during the funeral of singer Jonghyun.
Relatives weep during the funeral of singer Jonghyun.

South Korea Is No Country for Young People

“Squid Game” reflects a landscape of despair.

South Korean marines participate in an exercise on the 73rd anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Pohang, South Korea, on Oct. 1.
South Korean marines participate in an exercise on the 73rd anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Pohang, South Korea, on Oct. 1.

Why South Korea’s Liberals Are Defense Hawks

Seoul’s new missile technologies have both Pyongyang and Beijing in mind.

North Korean army soldiers
North Korean army soldiers

It’s Time for Biden to End the Korean War

The U.S. president should ignore fearmongering and build on a real opportunity.

A scene from Squid Game.
A scene from Squid Game.

State Department Cable Sees Echoes of Korean Politics in Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’

The dystopian series reflects a “winner-take-all” mentality and South Koreans’ economic frustrations ahead of presidential elections.

Masked armed guards keep watch over contestants during one of the show's deadly playground games.
Masked armed guards keep watch over contestants during one of the show's deadly playground games.

‘Squid Game’ Hides a Hopeful Message Within a Dystopian Nightmare

Netflix’s new Korean horror drama suggests there’s more to life than the brutal realities of neoliberal capitalism.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits

World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.

North Korean missile launch
North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

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