South Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump at the presidential Blue House on February 28, 2019 in Seoul. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images)

Moon Jae-in Is the Grown-Up at the Table

Stuck between Trump and Kim, the South Korean president is still showing the way forward.

Seungri (C), a former member of the K-pop boy group BIGBANG, bows as he arrives for questioning over criminal allegations at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

K-Pop’s Sexual Assault Scandal Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Celebrities’ crimes are pushing South Korea’s reckoning with misogyny.

U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) sit during their second summit meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel on February 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.  (Photo by Vietnam News Agency/Handout/Getty Images)

Everything Should Be on the Table in Korea

Failure in Hanoi reinforces the need for bolder future commitments to peace.

A man wearing a Make Korea Great Again hat stands near conservative pro-U.S. demonstrators during a rally denouncing government policies toward North Korea in Seoul on March 1. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Failure in Hanoi Doesn’t Mean Peace Is Dead

The foundations need to be laid for a long, hard route ahead.

U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, take part in the Warrior Strike VIII exercise at the Rodriguez Range in Pocheon, South Korea, on Sept. 19, 2017. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The U.S. Can Afford a Peace Deal in Korea

Opponents of an end-of-war declaration are sorely mistaken.

American prisoners of war captured by North Korean forces await liberation at the 38th parallel on Oct. 5, 1950. (Soviet Photo Agency/Bettmann/Getty Images)

Brainwashed

A new book on interrogation during the Korean War sheds light on how the 20th century imagined prisoners of war.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) bids farewell to South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) on Moon's departure from North Korea at Samjiyon airport on September 20, 2018 in Samjiyon, North Korea. (Photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images)

South Korea Is an Ally, Not a Puppet

Washington's image of Seoul is stuck in the 1970s. It's time to move on.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, pose with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, on the top of Mount Paektu on Sept. 20. (Photo by Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images)

Washington Scrambles to Slow Seoul’s Roll

The United States is worried North Korea will pocket goodies from its southern neighbor without giving up its nukes.

(Illustration by Penguin Lab for Foreign Policy)

China’s Pop Idols Are Too Soft for the Party

Stars like Kris Wu are huge with fans, but sit uncomfortably with macho ambitions.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, left, shakes hands with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo before their meeting in Seoul on June 28.

Few Signs of Progress on Denuclearization as U.S., South Korea Cancel Another Major Military Exercise

Current and former U.S. officials say North Korea is dragging its heels, but Seoul and Pyongyang are still talking.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) attends the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at the War Memorial in Seoul on Oct. 1. (Photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun-Pool/Getty Images)

Democrats Need More Than Hot Air on North Korea

Moon Jae-in is trying for peace on the peninsula. Liberals should have his back.

Tourists walk with their luggage at Beijing International Airport on Nov. 24, 2016. ( Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Tourists Are Beijing’s Newest Economic Weapon

Palau is the latest nation to find that offending China means empty hotels.

Steam and exhaust rise from different companies on a cold winter day on January 6, 2017 in Oberhausen, Germany.

The Paris Accord Won’t Stop Global Warming on Its Own

The world needs a new alliance of green economic powers to create a low-carbon economic zone.

Anti-immigration activists attend a protest against a group of asylum-seekers from Yemen, in Seoul on June 30, 2018. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korea Is Going Crazy Over a Handful of Refugees

Feminists, the young, and Islamophobes have allied against desperate Yemenis.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol at the White House on June 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Has to Learn Pyongyang’s Rules

Negotiating with North Korea is a tricky game, and the United States is already behind.

This photo taken on July 5, 2018 shows players from North (red) and South Korea (blue) competing during a friendly men's basketball match at the Ryugyong Chung Ju-Yung Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang. (KIM WON-JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Black Korean in Pyongyang

Ethnic identity is the latest issue to split the two Koreas.

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