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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.

Korea Exported More Goods to the United States Than China in December—Does This Signal a New Trend for Trade?

Tom Ramage
January 23, 2024
For a twenty-year period, China had been the top export destination for Korean goods. Not so in December 2023.

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Navigating Korea’s Changing Trade Shifts with the United States and China

Zongyuan Zoe Liu
January 22, 2024
Recent development highlights the impact of a combination of external factors on a trade-dependent economy like South Korea.

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Kim Jong-un Changes Policy on Inter-Korean Reunification and Issues Threats of War

Robert King
January 19, 2024
In a historic break with a policy of most of the past eight decades, Kim Jong-un's speech made clear a different policy toward South Korea.

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2023 in Review: The War in Ukraine and South Korea’s Increasingly Complex National Security

Clint Work
December 28, 2023
Seoul confronts the emergence of a new, far riskier nuclear order, while doubts about the credibility of U.S. extended deterrence remain.

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2023 in Review: The War in Ukraine and North Korea

Clint Work
December 27, 2023
North Korea's support for Russia's war in Ukraine completed its turn away from efforts to normalize relations with the United States.

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2023 in Review: North Korea Slowly Begins to Reopen to the World

Troy Stangarone
December 26, 2023
Some North Korean pandemic restrictions continue to remain in place despite the rest of the world having returned to normal.

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2023 in Review: Korea and the Inflation Reduction Act

Tom Ramage
December 22, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) had been the source of significant uncertainty for Korean Electric Vehicle (EV) makers and their suppliers.

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2023 in Review: South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

Sea Young (Sarah) Kim
December 21, 2023
Korea has strived to bolster its image as a “global pivotal state” in both mending and fortifying relations with like-minded nations.

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