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For the first time in a decade the leaders of the United States and Korea held an amiable summit meeting. The meetings between presidents Clinton and Kim Dae-jung were cordial, as they ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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They Did What?!  On the morning of May 25, after giving the U.S. government one hour’s notice, North Korea detonated a nuclear device underground at the same northeast site of its now...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Nicole Finnemann
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Korea’s economy has been deteriorating more rapidly than previously expected. The nation saw its first negative growth in more than 10 years in the fourth quarter of 2008, and export...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s choice of Asia as the destination for her inaugural tour gave recognition to the significance of U.S. alliances and strategic interests in the...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Nicole Finnemann
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As it focused on rapid industrialization and accelerated economic growth, Korea had little leisure to worry about environmentally sustainable growth, with severe consequences: Korea is one of...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Greg Scarlatoiu
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  What Happened    On April 5, North Korea delivered on a North Korean promise. It launched a long range missile, also known as a Taepo-dong 2, a 3-stage rocket, in the direction...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Nicole Finnemann
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  Eyes and ears were on Beijing earlier this month, as the chief negotiators from China, North Korea, Russia, Japan, South Korea, and the United States met in Beijing for a round of the Six...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2009, KEI Insight
Author(s): Nicole Finnemann
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  Surrounded on three sides by water, Korea is an oceanic nation that depends on the import of 95 percent of its energy sources and the export of its manufactured goods via maritime routes...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Greg Scarlatoiu
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  Korea has once again been threatened by financial contagion that started in another country. In 1997, it began with Thai baht; this time, the trouble started on Wall Street. Since release...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  Black September, Meltdown Monday, America’s Financial 9/11, Financial Tsunami, Perfect Storm, worse financial crisis since the Great Depression 1929… Whatever the term used,...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  When the curtain fell on the XXIX Beijing Olympics, South Korean athletes, with 13 gold, 10 silver, and 8 bronze medals, had proven once again that, ranking seventh in the overall medal...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
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  International oil prices have risen dramatically, raising the possibility of a “third oil shock.” During the first oil crisis in 1973, the annual average price soared to $85/...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  Adhering to the action-for-action framework of the February 13, 2007 agreement, North Korea and the United States traded symbolic actions last week that grabbed the headlines—...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Nicole Finnemann
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  After more than two years of negotiation, false starts, and delay, Korea announced in April its intention to fully open its market to imports of U.S. beef, subject to finalization of...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Troy Stangarone
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  For Korea watchers—and particularly for those of us who worked closely on events associated with President Lee’s visit to Washington—April was a very rewarding month. After...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Julia B. Cunico
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  As reported in the previous issue of Korea Insight (“The Bulldozer Moves In: Lee Myung-bak is Inaugurated as the Republic of Korea’s President”), President Lee moved to...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): James H. Alvis
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  On February 25, Lee Myung-bak was sworn in as the President of the Republic of Korea. In front of a crowd of some 60,000 gathered, including U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, four...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): Julia B. Cunico
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  KEI recently completed its seventeenth annual  Ambassadors’ Dialogue program. The tour was the third featuring Lee Tae-sik, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
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  Anyone who has spent time in the bustling streets of Seoul is familiar with the scene: commuters crowding into Daewoo buses, while salary men hurry home in their Hyundai sedans and...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): James H. Alvis
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  Korea is a tough economic competitor. Its meteoric rise over just 30 years from one of the poorest in the world to the ranks of the OECD helped earn Korea the moniker of "Asian tiger...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 4:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
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