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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.

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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Korea-China Relations under Xi Jinping: Strategic Cooperative Partnership... To Be Continued

Sarah Yun
November 8, 2012
By Sarah K. Yun  On November 8, China will begin its once-in-a-decade leadership transition at the 18th Party Congress. The current vice president Xi Jinping is expected to be named…

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Can Psy Be More than Gangnam Style?

Sang Kim
November 7, 2012
By Joyce YunSun Kang With “Gangnam style” now attracting over 650 million views, Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) has done what no other South Korean singer has been able to…

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South Korea Public Opinion Poll - October 27 - November 2

November 5, 2012
In this week's Asan Institute for Policy Studies public opinion poll Ahn Cheol-soo and Moon Jae-in remain deadlocked in the race for the race to be the progressive standard bearer…

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Comparing the Successions: Kim Jong Il vs. Kim Jong Un

November 1, 2012
By Luke Herman As the Kim Jong Un regime completes its eighth month in power following Kim Jong Il’s death in December 2011, there seem to be a number of…

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Why Are Fewer Women Defecting From North Korea?

October 31, 2012
By Clare Hubbard The 2012 Heritage Foundation/ Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom ranks North Korea last, after Cuba and Zimbabwe, with an economic freedom score of 1.  However,…

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U.S.-Korea Relations: Let’s Maintain the High Standard

October 30, 2012
By Thomas C. Hubbard Nearly five years ago, when Lee Myung-bak had just been elected President of Korea, I participated in a study group sponsored by Stanford University and The…

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