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The Peninsula

The Peninsula blog is a project of the Korea Economic Institute. It is designed to provide a wide ranging forum for discussion of the foreign policy, economic, and social issues that impact the Korean peninsula.

10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula in 2023

Mark Tokola
January 31, 2023
10 issues related to U.S.-Korea relations, South Korea’s relations in the region, and North Korea that will have an impact on the Korean peninsula in 2023.

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President Biden Nominates Julie Turner as Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights

Robert King
January 27, 2023
On January 23, President Joe Biden officially nominated Julie Turner as Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues.

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Low Youth Employment in Korea Part 2: The Challenges of Labor and Product Market Dualism

Randall S. Jones
January 18, 2023
This is the second in a two-part series looking at youth employment in Korea. Part 1 can be found here. Korea’s low youth employment rate reflects the mismatch between the…

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Seoul’s Nuclear Chess

Jeffrey Robertson
January 17, 2023
When President Yoon stated that South Korea could pursue a nuclear weapons program, he started a game of nuclear chess.

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Congressional Disfunction and the Prospect for Legislation on North Korean Human Rights

Robert King
January 12, 2023
What does the difficulting electing the Speaker of the House suggest in regards to legislation on North Korean human rights?

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Future Proof? Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy and Presidential Initiative Longevity

Jeffrey Robertson
January 9, 2023
Seoul’s Indo-Pacific Strategy has been broadly welcomed by a number of states, but it won’t be an easy task to future proof the strategy.

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Low Youth Employment in Korea Part 1:The “Golden Ticket Syndrome”

Randall S. Jones
January 6, 2023
The employment rate for Korean youth is well below the OECD average, with negative consequences for the young and the economy.

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The Lessons North Korea Might Learn from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Hanbyeol Sohn
January 5, 2023
Every country in the world is being influenced and taught lessons by the Ukrainian war. North Korea is no exception.

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