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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.

Will Korea Join the Space Race?

Chad OCarroll
October 24, 2012
By Chad 0'Carroll This Friday South Korea will make a new attempt at launching a satellite using the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1). If it is successful, the ROK will…

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Highlighted Trend: Household Debt in South Korea

October 23, 2012
The hit Gangnam Style points to a real issue and a key vulnerability in the South Korea’s domestic economy: household debt.

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Does Korea Have a Branding Problem?

October 16, 2012
South Korea seems to have a branding problem when it comes to European perceptions of the country. That’s according to a new poll which suggests European citizens view South Korea less favorably than do citizens from the United States.

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South Korea’s Strategic Investment Deals in the Middle East

October 15, 2012
By Seongjin James Ahn Last week, state-owned Korea Gas Co. (KOGAS) beat out eight other bidders to secure a new $127 million pipeline deal in Iraq.  The contract, to be…

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South Korea Public Opinion Poll - September 22 - October 5

October 9, 2012
The latest polling data from the Asan Institute for Public Policy includes the Institute's first results since Ahn Cheol-soo officially declared for the presidency. While Park Geun-hye has opened up…

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Kim Kyong-hui’s Health and the Fate of Jang Song-taek

October 1, 2012
By Nick Miller The Korean Times reported on September 7th that Kim Jong-il’s sister, Kim Kyong-hui, was in ill health stemming from her past abuse of alcohol. Kim Kyong-hui serves…

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Sushi Wars

September 28, 2012
By Jessica Choi A few days ago, I went to my friend’s favorite local Japanese sushi bar for the first time, and I noticed that there was bulgogi (Korean beef…

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Exchange of Public Statements between the U.S. and China on the South China Sea

September 26, 2012
By Jae-kyung Park Early last month, the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China exchanged harsh words publically on the issue of South China Sea. On…

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