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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.

Cross-Strait Détente: A Case Study for Inter-Korea Relations?

Sarah Yun
February 28, 2012
Cross-Strait relations have improved dramatically since 2008. What caused such different outcomes? What lessons from the Cross-Strait relations can be applied to inter-Korea relations?

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A More Complicated Relationship for Korea in the Middle East

Troy Stangarone
February 22, 2012
Korea’s dependence on the Middle East for energy and its success in developing export markets in the region gives Korea a strong interest in peace and stability in the region.

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Do English-Teacher Cuts in Korea Signal a Sea Change?

February 21, 2012
In the face of budget cuts, the education offices of South Korea’s two most populous regions announced in the second half of last year plans to reduce their roster of native English-speaking teachers in coming years.

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Uh, Unification, What’s That?

Chad OCarroll
February 16, 2012
Debates about the future of Korea were rekindled following the death of Kim Jong-il. But just how likely is unification to occur in the short to medium-term future?

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North Korea and the Assassination that Wasn’t

Troy Stangarone
February 15, 2012
By Troy Stangarone On February 10, rumors that Kim Jong-un had been assassinated at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing began to rapidly spread across the internet. First making their…

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South Korea at the Crossroads: Economic Freedom or Welfare-Statism for the Future?

February 14, 2012
South Korea, one of the world’s top 35 freest economies according to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, confronts its own economic and political challenges as the economy attempts to weather uncertain times ahead.

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Should Major League Baseball be Allowed to Sign Korean Players?

Troy Stangarone
February 10, 2012
The controversy over the Baltimore Orioles signing of Korean pitcher Kim Seong-min.

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Wrestling With Diplomacy in North Korea

Chad OCarroll
February 9, 2012
An American Wrestling Tournament in North Korea? One year after Kim Il Sung died it actually happened, with Mohamed Ali and Rick Flair in attendance.

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