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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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Public Sentiment Deters Global Commitments

Korea View
September 7, 2021
South Korea’s hesitance around recognizing refugees parallels hostile domestic sentiments towards people from Islamic cultures.

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Enigmatic Foreign Ministry Article Accuses U.S. of “Sinister Political Purpose” in Providing Humanitarian Aid

Robert King
July 16, 2021
A recent article from North Korea on U.S. humanitarian aid—despite the discussion of the “sinister political purpose” of aid—may be a first cautious outreach.

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The Biden-Moon Summit: Reaffirming Common Ties and Goals, and Delicately Dancing Around North Korea Issues

Robert King
June 2, 2021
Differences remain between the United States and South Korea on engagement with the North, particularly on pressing it on human rights abuses.

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Persistent Fear of North Korea’s Propaganda

Korea View
May 28, 2021
The legal battle over the publication of Kim Il Sung’s memoir shows that many South Koreans still perceive North Korean propaganda as a threat.

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Seoul's Response to Pyongyang’s Views on Human Rights

Korea View
April 2, 2021
South Korea has foregone co-authoring a United Nations resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses for the third year in a row.

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North Korea Sanctions and the Fungibility Problem

Hazel Smith
March 23, 2021
‘It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove, or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops,…

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Human Rights are Critical to North Korean Policy Agenda

Terrence Matsuo
February 23, 2021
Earlier this month, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released another report detailing the dire human rights situation in North Korea. Echoing earlier pronouncements, UN…

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Renewed ROK-Japan Tensions with Court Decision on Comfort Women

Korea View
February 4, 2021
A court ruling on wartime legacy potentially reignites tensions with Japan in spite of South Korea’s foreign policy aims.

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