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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.

South Korea Public Opinion Poll – November 10 – November 26

November 27, 2012
Independent candidate Ahn Cheol-soo withdrew from the South Korean presidential race Friday, giving his support to fellow left-leaning hopeful Moon Jae-in. This development clears the way for Moon Jae-in to…

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The Culture of Borrowing: How Korea’s Hyper-emphasis on Achievement Created a Mountain of Debt

November 26, 2012
By Clare Hubbard The global sensation of “Gangnam Style” depicts Korea as a society of superfluous spenders fueling an accelerating economy. Currently, that economy is showing the same signs of…

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Could Israel's Iron Dome Protect South Korea?

Chad OCarroll
November 21, 2012
By Chad 0'Carroll News emerged today on the news website that suggests Israel expects South Korea to be potentially interested in acquiring Iron Dome technology if talks with Daewoo…

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Three Reasons Why the ROK Should Temper Economic Expectations with China

November 14, 2012
By Seongjin James Ahn With the presidential elections in the U.S. now over, South Korea has turned its attention to the political transition occurring in China.  This week the Chinese…

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Is North Korea Communist?

November 13, 2012
By Gilbert Rozman Much is made of dynastic succession, of long periods when the organs of communist party rule are moribund, and of the military first policy in North Korea.…

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South Korea Public Opinion Poll - November 3-9

November 12, 2012
In this week's Asan Institute for Policy Studies public opinion poll Moon Jae-in briefly opened up a lead over Ahn Cheol-soo after the two progressive announced they would work to…

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The Necessity of Religious Freedom in the Development & Future of the Korean Peninsula

Nicholas Hamisevicz
November 9, 2012
By Nicholas Hamisevicz  The feast day of Saints Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and companions occurred this week on September 20. The celebration of these Korean saints demonstrates the…

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U.S.-Korea Relations after Obama’s Reelection

Chad OCarroll
November 8, 2012
By Chad O’Carroll When South Korea picks either a progressive or conservative leader next month, we will know the full extent of the impact of President Obama’s re-election on the…

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