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  On December 19, the voters of South Korea elected Lee Myung-bak, the previous mayor of Seoul and a former business executive, to be the next president. The candidate of the Grand National...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2008, KEI Insight
Author(s): James Lister
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  On September 20, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released its report on the KORUS FTA. The ITC study is a required analysis under Trade Promotion Authority that explores the...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Troy Stangarone
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  As bodies of North Korean dead floated across the demilitarized zone into the South after massive flooding swept through the DPRK, North Korea requested a postponement of the second inter...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Scott Rembrandt
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  Human capital is the most important form of wealth in a knowledge-based economy. The success of a nation in today’s economy depends significantly upon how many highly skilled...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  May brought several significant developments for the KORUS FTA. On May 10, the Bush Administration and Congress announced an agreement on a new trade policy, focusing in particular on...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Troy Stangarone
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  KEI recently completed its sixteenth annual Ambassadors’ Dialogue program (previously called the Korea Caravan), featuring Lee Tae-sik, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): James H. Alvis
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  The most popular conversation topic in Korea these days is not North Korea’s nuclear program or the KORUS FTA, but the skyrocketing real estate prices. The real estate market has...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  Real growth in 2006, at 5 percent, did not fully measure up to the more optimistic forecasts of a year ago but did represent a further recovery from the slump encountered a few years...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): James Lister
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  83/751. At press time, 83 days have passed since North Korea tested a nuclear device on October 9, 2006 and 751 days remain in the Bush Presidency. If the stalemate at the latest round of...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 3:03pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Scott Rembrandt
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  In 1996, Korea joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), marking Korea's rise into the ranks of the developed world. Only twenty years ago this year,...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Troy Stangarone
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  With negotiations running down to the wire, Korean and American negotiators announced that they reached a deal just before President George W. Bush’s trade promotion authority...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2007, KEI Insight
Author(s): Troy Stangarone
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While foreign direct investment (FDI) into South Korea has been waning, outward Korean investment has been robust over the past year. According to The Korea Times, foreign investment in Korea...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): James H. Alvis
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  October witnessed significant developments in the struggle to find a resolution to North Korea’s nuclear program.  · On October 9, the DPRK tested a nuclear device.  ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): Scott Rembrandt
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  A successful KORUS FTA could position Korea among the top three electronics  manufacturing countries, according to a senior researcher from the Korea Institute for Industrial...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): James H. Alvis
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Korea’s labor unions are known for their militancy. This characteristic is believed to be the result of past political repression and perceived economic inequality. Since the 1960s, Korea...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
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This past June, President Bush made a series of telephone calls to leaders in the region calling on them to use their influence with Pyongyang in an effort to halt North Korean preparations to...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): Jack Pritchard
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  In a speaking tour to seven major U.S. cities during May 3 through May 11, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States and the Ambassador of the United States to Korea...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): James Lister
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  Confucianism has influenced gender roles more than any other factor in Korean society. Traditionally, women’s roles were limited to household matters, and young girls were taught to...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): Florence Lowe-Lee
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  A good part of June was filled with reports, speculation, and plenty of opinions about North Korea’s missile program and the question of whether or not Pyongyang would test a...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): Jack Pritchard
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  For those following developments in the Korean auto industry, the first quarter of 2006 has certainly proven to be anything but mundane. Recent headlines have touted the further expansion...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 2:56pm
Publication Type: Insight 2006, KEI Insight
Author(s): James H. Alvis
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