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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 Assassination that Wasn’t

February 15, 2012
By Troy Stangarone On February 10, rumors that Kim Jong-un had been assassinated at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing began to rapidly spread across the internet. First making their…

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South Korea at the Crossroads: Economic Freedom or Welfare-Statism for the Future?

February 14, 2012
South Korea, one of the world’s top 35 freest economies according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, confronts its own economic and political challenges as the economy attempts to weather uncertain times ahead.

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Should Major League Baseball be Allowed to Sign Korean Players?

February 10, 2012
The controversy over the Baltimore Orioles signing of Korean pitcher Kim Seong-min.

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Wrestling With Diplomacy in North Korea

February 9, 2012
An American Wrestling Tournament in North Korea? One year after Kim Il Sung died it actually happened, with Mohamed Ali and Rick Flair in attendance.

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“Baby Exporter”: Taking a Closer Look at Korean Adoption

February 8, 2012
By Caryn Fisher Although South Korea has been sending children overseas for adoption since 1953, it wasn’t until a 1988 article by Matthew Rothschild, entitled “Babies for Sale: Koreans Make…

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Korea's Defense Exports to India: The Tough Part of a Strategic Partnership

February 3, 2012
By Nicholas Hamisevicz Last month South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) commissioner Noh Dae-lae stated that DAPA had exceeded its defense exports goals last year and was now attempting…

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Kim Jong-nam’s Views on the DPRK – a KEI Q&A with Yoji Gomi

February 2, 2012
The Peninsula puts ten questions to Yoji Gomi, author of a book about Kim Jong-il's outspoken son, Kim Jong-nam.

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The Hungry Child in North Korea

February 1, 2012
By Karin Lee, NCNK In December 2010, North Korea began asking multiple countries for food aid.  Its request to the U.S. came in early 2011, but it wasn't until December…

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