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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: Middle Power but not a Mediator between the U.S. and China

Nicholas Hamisevicz
December 27, 2012
By Nicholas Hamisevicz As countries in Asia emerge from this year of elections and transitions, the role and rise of China in the region will remain a top priority. For…

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Park Geun-hye Wins South Korean Presidency But Big Issues Ahead

Nicholas Hamisevicz
December 21, 2012
By Nicholas Hamisevicz A year of transitions finishes in historic fashion as South Korea elects Park Geun-hye as its first female president. Her election capped off a series of democratic…

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The Difficulty of Assimilating Defectors in South Korea

December 20, 2012
By Clare Hubbard One indicator of the difficulty that North Korean defectors have in assimilating to life in South Korea is crime statistics. The crime rate among North Korean defectors…

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North Korean Human Rights and Korea’s “Global Destiny”

Sang Kim
December 18, 2012
By Greg Scarlatoiu Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming December 19 presidential elections in South Korea, there will likely be changes in Seoul’s approach to North Korea. Since the…

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South Korea Public Opinion Poll – Final Update

December 14, 2012
Below are the key findings from the surveys conducted by Research and Research in November and December. Where applicable, dates the survey was conducted are in brackets. The presidential race…

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Korea and the Seesaw between U.S. and China’s Asia Policies

Sarah Yun
December 13, 2012
As new leadership settles takes hold in China and the United States, how will their respective foreign policies towards Asia impact countries like Korea?

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North Korea Rocket Launch: Shunning Prospects for Better Relations in 2013

December 12, 2012
By Nicholas Hamisevicz North Korea’s decision to launch a satellite in the midst of important regional political transitions underscores its disregard for building better relations with new leaders throughout its…

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Understanding North Korea’s Missile Motivations

December 12, 2012
By Chad O'Carroll With North Korea having conducted two long range rocket launches in a year, many analysts have been speculating as to why Pyongyang was so keen to try…

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