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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.

North Korea and the Third World: Historical Origins

Stephan Haggard
April 16, 2021
Dr. Stephan Haggard reviews Dr. Benjamin Young's recent book "Guns, Guerillas and the Great Leader," which highlights North Korea's long history of projecting a Third Worldist image.

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Beijing Calibrates Its Approach to Seoul

Korea View
April 14, 2021
China’s engagement with South Korea seems more focused on calibrating Beijing’s position vis-à-vis Washington than addressing tangible challenges shared with Seoul.

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Commitment to Improving Seoul-Tokyo Relations

Korea View
April 13, 2021
Moon Jae-in upholds the promise of separating history from improving bilateral relations despite new tensions over Japan’s history books.

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South Korea’s Strategic Relationships with Quad Members

Korea View
April 11, 2021
After defense cooperation discussions in the UAE, the South Korean Defense minister went on to hold high-level defense talks with India.

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The Two Koreas and the Olympic Games—Tokyo and Beyond

Robert King
April 9, 2021
Thomas Bach, current Chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), published a lengthy opinion piece about the Olympic Games last October.  In a strong defense of the games as “an…

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Korea’s Monetary Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Randall S. Jones
April 7, 2021
With inflation undershooting its 2% medium-term target, the Bank of Korea (BoK) cut its policy rate by 50 basis points twice in 2019 (Figure 1). Faced with further disinflationary pressures…

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Security Cooperation with Seoul and Tokyo: Changing the Conversation

Stephan Haggard
April 6, 2021
At a time when the Biden Administration is seeking to restore faith in the alliances and show resolve, the potential for security cooperation between Japan and Korea is dimmed by…

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Seoul's Response to Pyongyang’s Views on Human Rights

Korea View
April 2, 2021
South Korea has foregone co-authoring a United Nations resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses for the third year in a row.

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