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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.

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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South Korea Public Opinion Poll – November 27 – December 02

December 3, 2012
North Korea's announcement that it would be launching a satellite between December 10 and 22 means that it coincides with the timing of South Korea's Presidential election, scheduled to take…

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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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