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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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Inconsistencies in Civil Liberties Discourse

Korea View
May 14, 2021
The ongoing leaflet debate reveals that discussions around civil liberties in South Korea are subject to politicization.

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Korea Sweeps Its Trash Problems Abroad

Korea View
May 13, 2021
COVID-19 has exacerbated South Korea’s trash problem, leading the country to rely on exporting its garbage to curb filling domestic landfills.

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Review of Laws Reflect Demographic Concerns

Korea View
May 5, 2021
South Korea’s low birthrate is leading the government to rethink laws that restrict the definition of family and limit protections.

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Matching Historical Trends, Moon Jae-in’s Approval Ratings Buckle in His Final Year

Juni Kim
May 3, 2021
Nearly a year ago, President Moon Jae-in’s approval ratings were soaring on the strength of the South Korean government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, with some polls showing public approval…

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Lasting Impact of the Division on Civil Liberties

Korea View
April 30, 2021
The National Assembly failed to ratify the international convention on forced labor because it clashed with the ROK National Security Law.

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Seoul Housing Prices Speak to Larger Social Problems

Korea View
April 29, 2021
The government focuses on housing issues after the ruling Democratic Party’s loss in the Seoul and Busan mayoral elections, but bigger challenges remain.

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North Korea’s Generation Z: The Achilles Heel of Regime Stability

Hazel Smith
April 28, 2021
Consequent on the UN sanctions that severely restricted essential exports for agriculture to North Korea, starvation conditions have re-emerged for the first time since the famine years of the 1990s.…

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North Korea’s Difficulties Coping with COVID-19

Robert King
April 20, 2021
The government of North Korea continues to report that it has no cases of COVID-19.  In its most recent submission to the World Health Organization on April 1, Pyongyang reported…

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