He Sends Up Balloons, and North Korea Wants Him Dead
Meet Park Sang-hak, the North Korean defector and activist who could spark another round of “fire and fury.”
It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power
In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.
South Korea Shouldn’t Endorse North Korea’s Explosive Bullying
Seoul is acting as Kim Jong Un’s enforcer in banning private groups from leafleting North Korea.
North Korea Needs to Extort Democracies to Survive
As it cuts off communications, Pyongyang falls back on an old playbook.
Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency
Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
South Korean Democracy’s New Challenge Is Its Own Corporate Giant
Samsung is mired in scandal, but the pandemic has made it stronger than ever.
Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia
A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.
South Korea Tries a Tentative Reopening—and Pays for It
After a new spurt of coronavirus cases in Seoul and with a second wave deemed “inevitable,” South Korea is bracing itself for a new normal.
Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World
In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.
How to Tell Whether Crazy North Korean Stories Are True
With Kim Jong Un missing, careful readings are more important than ever.
What Comes Next for North Korea
With Kim Jong Un absent for weeks, speculation over his whereabouts is rife. Should he die, who will come to rule North Korea?
With Kim Jong Un Mysteriously Gone, China Is Likely to Make a Power Move
There are many ways Beijing could use the mystery surrounding Kim Jong Un’s disappearance to its advantage. None of them are good for the United States or Japan.
3 Scenarios for Kim Jong Un’s Mysterious Absence
The United States and South Korea should be ready to cooperate whether Kim is dead, sick, or about to reappear.
The Future of Korean Politics Might Be This Defector From Pyongyang
Thae Yong-ho went from North Korean diplomat to South Korean politician.
Pyongyang Might Be Ready for a Helping Hand From Seoul
Pride may get in the way, but mutual success against the coronavirus offers a strong foundation for cooperation.
South Korea Is a Liberal Country Now
Moon Jae-in’s crushing victories have permanently reshaped his nation’s politics.