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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.

Lasting Impact of the Division on Civil Liberties

Korea View
April 30, 2021
The National Assembly failed to ratify the international convention on forced labor because it clashed with the ROK National Security Law.

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Seoul Housing Prices Speak to Larger Social Problems

Korea View
April 29, 2021
The government focuses on housing issues after the ruling Democratic Party’s loss in the Seoul and Busan mayoral elections, but bigger challenges remain.

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North Korea’s Generation Z: The Achilles Heel of Regime Stability

Hazel Smith
April 28, 2021
Consequent on the UN sanctions that severely restricted essential exports for agriculture to North Korea, starvation conditions have re-emerged for the first time since the famine years of the 1990s.…

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South Korea Benefits from U.S. Strategic Interest in Chips

Korea View
April 23, 2021
The White House push to address the chip supply shortages impacting U.S. manufacturing could be a boon to South Korean tech firms.

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South Korea’s Adaptable Engagement with Iran

Korea View
April 21, 2021
Seoul explores a more flexible bilateral relationship with Iran as the Biden administration signals openness to recommitting to the JCPOA.

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North Korea’s Difficulties Coping with COVID-19

Robert King
April 20, 2021
The government of North Korea continues to report that it has no cases of COVID-19.  In its most recent submission to the World Health Organization on April 1, Pyongyang reported…

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Commitment to Recognizing Historical Issues

Korea View
April 19, 2021
The Moon administration’s effort to recognize the victims of the Jeju Uprising shows that South Korea is committed to addressing historical issues.

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North Korea and the Third World: Historical Origins

Stephan Haggard
April 16, 2021
Dr. Stephan Haggard reviews Dr. Benjamin Young's recent book "Guns, Guerillas and the Great Leader," which highlights North Korea's long history of projecting a Third Worldist image.

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