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Korean Kontext

The Korean Kontext

Korean Kontext is a podcast series by the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, D.C. Its aim is to provide listeners with a source for broad-based, substantive information about the U.S.-Korean relationship from all angles: political, cultural, economic, and social. Tackling major topics using current and historical context, interviews with prominent policy leaders, scholars,and artists, and in-depth analysis, Korean Kontext is crafted to inform the newcomer and the Korea guru alike. The views expressed here are the interviewees’ alone.

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Explainer: Ultrafine Dust Crisis

April 26, 2019

In March, Seoul suffered from the worst air pollution on record. Enough that the South Korean government has officially designated the problem as a "social…

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[Rebroadcast] We Built This Bureau: Elise Hu

April 22, 2019

Over the past few years, Korea and Koreans have experienced incredible political, social, and diplomatic shifts. It is hard keeping up with all these new…

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From Maximum Pressure to Maximum Leverage: Daniel Wertz

April 12, 2019

Even before the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, foreign policy practitioners and observers were talking about the difficulties of sequencing international…

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[Rebroadcast] In Defense of KORUS: Phil Eskeland, Troy Stangarone, and Kyle Ferrier

April 5, 2019

Recently released data from the Department of Commerce confirmed that the United States achieved record-level export of services to South Korea in 2018 – $24.5…

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When Cold Warriors Met to Talk About Peace: Mark Tokola

April 4, 2019

We are still digesting the series of summitry that took place in the past few months between North Korea, the United States, and South Korea.…

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When North Korea Embraces Mobile Technology: Yonho Kim

March 29, 2019

We imagine North Korea as a country that is carrying on not only a conflict left over from the Cold War, but also a decrepit…

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[Rebroadcast] The Revolution will be Thumb Drived: North Korean Access to Outside Media: Nat Kretchen

March 22, 2019

While North Korea under the Kim regime has tried to maintain tight control of information sources within its borders, the North Korean populace in recent…

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[Rebroadcast] Achieving Peace through Sanctions: Stephan Haggard

March 8, 2019

The second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 27 and 28 ended without an agreement. The key difference…

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