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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.

Longitudinal Attitudes in South Korea on Nuclear Proliferation

Karl Friedhoff
February 16, 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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An Insider’s View on South Korea’s Nuclear Armament Debate

Kyung-joo Jeon
February 9, 2023
Under direct threats of what North Korea itself calls “‘overwhelming nuclear force,” South Korea is debating its own nuclear armament.

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Korea’s Leap into the Indo-Pacific

Terrence Matsuo
February 8, 2023
Korea's Indo-Pacific strategy outlines the Yoon administration’s key priorities in the region and provides a roadmap for future endeavors.

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The Indo-Pacific Strategies Jigsaw Puzzle

Mark Tokola
February 7, 2023
If you fit the pieces of Indo-Pacific strategies together, the picture that emerges looks something like a democratic Pacific Charter.

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10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula in 2023

Mark Tokola
January 31, 2023
10 issues related to U.S.-Korea relations, South Korea’s relations in the region, and North Korea that will have an impact on the Korean peninsula in 2023.

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President Biden Nominates Julie Turner as Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights

Robert King
January 27, 2023
On January 23, President Joe Biden officially nominated Julie Turner as Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues.

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Low Youth Employment in Korea Part 2: The Challenges of Labor and Product Market Dualism

Randall S. Jones
January 18, 2023
This is the second in a two-part series looking at youth employment in Korea. Part 1 can be found here. Korea’s low youth employment rate reflects the mismatch between the…

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Seoul’s Nuclear Chess

Jeffrey Robertson
January 17, 2023
When President Yoon stated that South Korea could pursue a nuclear weapons program, he started a game of nuclear chess.

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