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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.

Multiculturalism in Korea

June 23, 2014
With the growth of multiculturalism and diversity in Korea, Koreans are now beginning to reevaluate the traditional notion of national identity.

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The Rationale for a German Firm’s Investment in the Kaesong Industrial Complex

Troy Stangarone
June 10, 2014
This will make Groz-Beckert the second foreign investment in Kaesong and the first since the complex reopened last fall.

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May 2014: Shelling, Testing, and Challenging Inter-Korean Relations

Just as April is historically one of the most contentious months for inter-Korean relations, the West Sea and the Northern Limit Line (NLL) have been among the most contentious areas in inter-Korean relations.

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April 2014: Provocative Rhetoric & Shelling in Inter-Korean Relations

April is often a contentious month for inter-Korean relations. With joint and combined military exercises, along with anniversaries and holidays, there are plenty of opportunities for provocations and hateful rhetoric. April 2014 was no different.

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KORUS Trade Statistics – Part II

May 15, 2014
By Phil Eskeland Just prior to President Obama’s recent trip to Asia, critics of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) blamed the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) for the “exploding” U.S.…

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Setting the Record Straight – KORUS Trade Statistics

April 24, 2014
If present trends continue, the 2014 U.S. merchandise trade deficit with Korea is on track to be less than the 2013 level.

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R & R Needed on President Obama’s Trip to Korea: Reassurance & Reaffirmation

Nicholas Hamisevicz
April 23, 2014
Reassurance and reaffirmation, while difficult, should be a major focus for President Obama in South Korea.

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What to Look for in Obama’s Upcoming Trip to Korea and Japan

April 22, 2014
The role of President Obama in this situation has been argued over by many analysts, but it is clear that as a main ally to both countries, Obama should continue to provide opportunities where all three leaders can discuss mutually beneficial issue.

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