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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.

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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Speculation Remains After North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly Fails to Announce Economic Reforms

Nicholas Hamisevicz
September 26, 2012
By Nicholas Hamisevicz Initial KCNA and other reports about the September 25, 2012 Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) meeting indicate North Korea has made no public announcement on economic or agricultural…

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South Korea Public Opinion Poll - September 15-21

September 24, 2012
Despite Ahn Cheol-soo formally entering the race for president, his poll numbers did not see a bounce in the first Asan Institute for Policy Studies poll out since his announcement on…

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IMF Article IV Consultations Suggest Korea’s Economy is Well Poised for the Challenges Ahead

September 21, 2012
By Seongjin James Ahn In light of all the recent and mixed reports attempting to evaluate Korea’s economic outlook for the remainder of 2012 and beyond, many analysts have been…

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South Korean Weekly Polling Data - September 9-14

September 18, 2012
In this week's Asan Institute for Policy Studies polling President Lee Myung-bak saw his approval rating slowly rise back above 30 percent by the end of the week. In the…

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Korea and APEC: Match Made in a Globalized World

Sarah Yun
September 17, 2012
By Sarah K. Yun As leaders of the Asia-Pacific nations gathered for the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia on September 8-9, the ongoing effects of…

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