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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.

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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South Korea Public Opinion Poll - October 13-26

October 30, 2012
In the latest public opinion poll from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies Park Geun-hye and Ahn Cheul-soo remain in a neck and neck race. While in a two way…

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North Korean Decision Making Regarding Foreign Policy

October 26, 2012
By Nick Miller Main Actors within North Korea Decision Making North Korea’s political structure is a set of institutions built to sustain the Kim family. The Korean Worker’s Party (WKP)…

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Highlighted Trend – U.S. State-by-State Trade with Korea

October 25, 2012
According to data by the U.S. Census Bureau, in the last eight years Korea has consistently remained the U.S.’s 7th largest trading partner and is on track to remain so this year.

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Will Korea Join the Space Race?

Chad OCarroll
October 24, 2012
By Chad 0'Carroll This Friday South Korea will make a new attempt at launching a satellite using the Korea Space Launch Vehicle-1 (KSLV-1). If it is successful, the ROK will…

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Highlighted Trend: Household Debt in South Korea

October 23, 2012
The hit Gangnam Style points to a real issue and a key vulnerability in the South Korea’s domestic economy: household debt.

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Does Korea Have a Branding Problem?

October 16, 2012
South Korea seems to have a branding problem when it comes to European perceptions of the country. That’s according to a new poll which suggests European citizens view South Korea less favorably than do citizens from the United States.

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South Korea’s Strategic Investment Deals in the Middle East

October 15, 2012
By Seongjin James Ahn Last week, state-owned Korea Gas Co. (KOGAS) beat out eight other bidders to secure a new $127 million pipeline deal in Iraq.  The contract, to be…

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