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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.

More Evidence of Russia’s Stronger Relationship with North Korea

Terrence Matsuo
December 1, 2023
Washington and Seoul must carefully watch how this partnership evolves, and prepare for an even less inhibited North Korea.

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UN Special Rapporteur Leads Effort Opposing China’s Forcible Repatriation of North Korean Refugees

Robert King
November 28, 2023
China's forced repatriation of North Koreans who fled their country is a violation of international human rights law. 

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The Deliverables from Yoon’s First APEC Summit

Tom Ramage
November 21, 2023
The APEC summit in San Francisco concluded with discussions heavily focusing on trade, investment, and security across the Indo-Pacific.

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South Korean Conscription and the Challenges of a Declining Population

Terrence Matsuo
November 8, 2023
Although many advanced states face demographic challenges, it is especially acute for the Korea and its military.

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Increasing Korea’s Potential Growth Rate

Randall S. Jones
November 6, 2023
Korea needs to utilize its strengths to strengthen lagging sectors and reduce the polarization in the Korean economy.

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What is Korea’s Energy Exposure to the Conflict in the Middle East?

Tom Ramage
November 3, 2023
Given Korea's dependence on imported fossil fuels to meet its energy demands, the crisis in the Middle East could have wide-ranging effects.

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From 'Six Children per Woman' to 0.7: How South Korea Confronts its 'Population Cliff' and Shrinking Labor Force

Darcie Draudt-Véjares
November 2, 2023
Korea stands at a critical demographic juncture, facing a declining birthrate that has far-reaching implications for its economy and society.

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North Korean Refugees: Uptick in Number Reaching South Korea but China Is Forcibly Returning Refugees

Robert King
October 31, 2023
The number of North Korean refugees reaching South Korea has increased; at the same time, China is forcibly returning many to North Korea.

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