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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: 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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North Korea’s Conventional Weapons Threat

Chad OCarroll
February 5, 2013
Seoul may face a greater threat from North Korea's conventional weapons than Pyongyang's nuclear and intercontential ballistic missile programs.

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The Potential for Early Political Risks in the Park Administration

January 31, 2013
The Park administration will inherit an economy that is emerging from the global financial crisis in a better position than most other advanced economies. However, the challenges cannot be underestimated and financing election promises will be difficult.

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Should South Korea’s Space Program Go Private?

Troy Stangarone
January 30, 2013
South Korea joins an elite group of countries by launching its first rocket into space.

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Dr. Strangelove and the Special Economic Zone: Balance and Imbalance in China's Long-Range North Korea Strategy

January 29, 2013
The Chinese leadership generally fails to appreciate satire, but they have surely noted the wild and Strangelove-esque behavior of their erstwhile socialist ally North Korea.

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Could a Third North Korean Nuclear Test Strain U.S.-South Korea Coordination?

Nicholas Hamisevicz
January 25, 2013
If the North Korean leadership tests another nuclear device, it might actually do more to separate U.S.-ROK coordination than the anticipated engagement of North Korea from the incoming Park Geun-hye administration.

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