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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.

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The Comfort Women Agreement 5 Years On

Terrence Matsuo
December 8, 2020
The agreement between Korea and Japan on the issue of comfort women, announced in 2015, seemed like an amazing breakthrough on a sensitive topic in the bilateral relationship. But in…

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North Korea and the COVID Crisis: The Sanctions Angle

April 8, 2020
China and South Korea are best positioned to play a role in helping North Korea, and should exploit the discretion they are being given to act.

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United Nations Questions North and South Korea on Forced Return of Fishermen to the North

Robert King
April 7, 2020
On November 7, 2019, the South Korean government delivered two North Korean fishermen to North Korean officials at the Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom.

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North Korea’s Problem with the Covid-19 Truth

Mark Tokola
April 2, 2020
Pyongyang has taken extensive steps to protect against the COVID-19. 180 countries and territories have declared that they have cases, why can’t North Korea?

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Japan Joins U.S. and South Korea in Backing Away from Criticizing North Korea’s Human Rights

Robert King
March 16, 2020
In the last year or so, Japan has quietly backed away from championing human rights in North Korea at the United Nations. 

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Number of North Korean Defectors Declines

Robert King
February 19, 2020
Figures on North Korean refugees reaching South Korea, the United States and elsewhere in the last year are significantly lower than in the recent past.

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What the United States Can Do to Help North Korea with the Coronavirus

Troy Stangarone
February 10, 2020
Helping North Korea address the coronavirus could serve as an entryway for the United States build trust needed for future talks on other issues.

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Special Rapporteur Discusses North Korea’s Engagement with the UN on Human Rights

Robert King
November 21, 2019
North Korea has participated in the UN's Universal Periodic Review of human rights, while it has been unwilling to engage other UN human rights mechanisms.

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