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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.

Inconsistencies in Civil Liberties Discourse

Korea View
May 14, 2021
The ongoing leaflet debate reveals that discussions around civil liberties in South Korea are subject to politicization.

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Korea Sweeps Its Trash Problems Abroad

Korea View
May 13, 2021
COVID-19 has exacerbated South Korea’s trash problem, leading the country to rely on exporting its garbage to curb filling domestic landfills.

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Economic Concerns Trump Environmental Policy

Korea View
May 10, 2021
Despite policies acknowledging sustainable energy’s importance, South Korea’s Green New Deal is weaker than initially promised.

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Women in the Korean Labor Market

Randall S. Jones
May 7, 2021
Korea stands out for its success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and limiting its economic impact. The 1.0% fall in real GDP in 2020 was the smallest decline among the…

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The Biden-Moon Summit and North Korea Human Rights Issues

Robert King
May 6, 2021
At the end of last week, the United States announced that President Joe Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in for in-person meetings in Washington on May 21.  The…

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Review of Laws Reflect Demographic Concerns

Korea View
May 5, 2021
South Korea’s low birthrate is leading the government to rethink laws that restrict the definition of family and limit protections.

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Can South Korea Continue to Balance Relations with the United States and China?

Terrence Matsuo
May 4, 2021
Korea has long worked to maintain at least cordial relationships that balance its larger neighbors. The global U.S.-China competition is the newest iteration of the challenge, with Seoul’s most important…

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Matching Historical Trends, Moon Jae-in’s Approval Ratings Buckle in His Final Year

Juni Kim
May 3, 2021
Nearly a year ago, President Moon Jae-in’s approval ratings were soaring on the strength of the South Korean government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, with some polls showing public approval…

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