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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 Allows Internet Access (For Foreigners)

Chad OCarroll
February 26, 2013
The Associated Press Pyongyang bureau reported that North Korean authorities will allow foreign visitors to access the internet using cellular devices from March 01.

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Five Challenges for the Park Geun-hye Administration

Troy Stangarone
February 25, 2013
As Park Geun-hye takes office as South Korea’s first female president, she comes into power at a time of contradictions and challenges.

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Has Strategic Patience Failed with North Korea?

Troy Stangarone
February 19, 2013
Have critics of strategic patience hit on a fundamental flaw of the policy or are they merely expressing their policy preferences?

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By Design: A Look at Korea’s Fashion Industry

Troy Stangarone
February 14, 2013
After years of being under the radar, Korean designers are increasingly being noticed by the world of haute couture of London, Paris, Milan, and New York.

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North Korea’s Third Nuclear Test: Closer Threat & Farther from Change

Nicholas Hamisevicz
February 13, 2013
By Nicholas Hamisevicz North Korea conducted a third nuclear test, and initial reports indicate a potentially larger explosion. North Korea’s media stated the test used a “miniaturized and lighter nuclear…

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North Korea: State of the Union Benchwarmer

Linda Butcher
February 13, 2013
North Korea not as prominent in the State of the Union as it might have hoped.

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The Land of Bad Policy Options Just Got Worse, But Denuclearization Remains a Critical Goal

Chad OCarroll
February 12, 2013
While the unique character and context of the North Korean leadership’s relationship to nuclear weapons suggests that potential for denuclearization is extremely unlikely, the risks associated with what is now an increasing threat suggests denuclearization efforts must remain a critical if lofty international goal.

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Why Perceptions Matter in Addressing the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Troy Stangarone
February 12, 2013
By trying to play both sides of the issue, China potentially adds to the problem of misperception in the North Korean nuclear crisis.

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