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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.

South Korea's Trade Balance Becoming More Extreme

March 11, 2013
KITA data reveals that over time, South Korea is undergoing an increasing level of trade polarization (i.e. greater degrees of trade imbalances) vis- à-vis its trading partners.

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Rodman Doesn’t Understand the Big Picture with North Korea, and He May Have Hurt It

Nicholas Hamisevicz
March 7, 2013
Kim Jong Un’s responses to U.S. offers of engagement with missile and nuclear tests effect the relationship more that his love of basketball.

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Statements on North Korea’s Nuclear Test

February 27, 2013
Nearly 70 nations and international organizations issued statements on North Korea’s third nuclear test. The following is a list of current available statements:

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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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