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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.

Seoul Offers Coronavirus Relief Funds to Foreign Residents

September 8, 2020
The government of Seoul plans to extend emergency relief payments to foreigners in order to ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

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History and Demographics Present Policy Dilemmas

September 4, 2020
South Korean policy makers may be more hesitant to support another supplementary budget over concerns around the nation’s fiscal health.

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Traveling During a Global Pandemic: A First Hand Account

September 3, 2020
It has been thirteen days since my family and I started a two-week mandatory quarantine placed on all overseas travelers entering Korea.

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The Real Record of the KORUS FTA

September 2, 2020
President Trump improvised the sentence dealing with KORUS in which he said he “reversed” the trade agreement and then “made a great deal for our country.”

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South Korea’s Diaspora Engagement

September 1, 2020
South Korea's outreach to the broader diaspora community is slowly expanding its focus from cultivating commercial networks to strengthening cultural ties.

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To Three or Not to Three? South Korea Weighs Raising its Social Distancing Threshold

Kyle Ferrier
August 28, 2020
With daily new COVID-19 cases rising to over 400 recently, South Korea finds itself on the brink of a second outbreak of the virus.

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Why Did Kim Jong-un Call for a Party Congress?

August 27, 2020
Party Congresses are rare in North Korea. How should we to interpret Kim Jong-un’s surprising decision to call one for early 2021?

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Economic Worries Punctuate Public Attitude Towards New COVID-19 Infections

August 27, 2020
Fears of a deepening recession have sharpened public attitudes towards communities that are being held responsible for the new cluster outbreak of COVID-19 in Seoul.

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