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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 Forced Labor Solution - The Triumph Of Korean Leadership Over Japanese Timidity

Daniel Sneider
March 6, 2023
The announcement of a plan to resolve the issue of Korean wartime forced laborers was driven by the Korean government, but can it hold?

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Improving Korea’s Long-Term Care for the Elderly

Randall S. Jones
March 2, 2023
Social and demographic changes necessitate that Korea implement reforms to efficiently provide high-quality long-term care to the elderly.

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Japanese Protestation and Pragmatism Towards a Nuclear South Korea

Terrence Matsuo
March 1, 2023
If Korea chose to pursue a nuclear weapon, it is likely that Japan would initially signal disapproval with diplomatic and economic sanctions.

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Alternative Futures: ROK Nuclear Weapons and the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Caroline Milne
February 28, 2023
A decision by South Korea to acquire its own nulcear weapons would be a shock to the U.S.-Korea alliance. How would it respond?

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Global Reverberations of a Nuclear South Korea

Heather Williams
February 27, 2023
If South Korea decides to pursue a nuclear option, the implications would reverberate throughout the global nuclear order, including the NPT.

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Detente or Degradation: Would ROK Nuclear Weapons Hinder or Facilitate Inter-Korean relations?

Bo Ram Kwon
February 24, 2023
Acquiring latent nuclear capabilities or developing indigenous nuclear weapons entails higher costs than benefits for inter-Korean relations.

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A Nuke for a Nuke? Public Debate and Political Party Views on Nuclear Acquisition in South Korea

Erik Mobrand
February 22, 2023
No major political party takes a firm stance, but whether South Korea should develop its own nuclear weapon is increasingly discussed.

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Beyond U.S. Credibility Concerns: Factors Driving the Nuclear Weapons Debate in South Korea

Jennifer Ahn
February 17, 2023
This piece is one of 12 contributions to KEI’s special project on South Korea’s nuclear armament debate that will run on The Peninsula blog over the next month. The project’s…

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