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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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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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Prospects for U.S. Humanitarian Aid to North Korea in the COVID Era

Robert King
February 3, 2021
By Robert R. King The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service a few days ago published a working paper updating and reassessing international food security in the decade 2020-2030…

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UN Security Council Discusses Human Rights in North Korea for the First Time in Three Years

Robert King
December 15, 2020
The UN Security Council discussed North Korea’s human rights abuses in a closed session on Friday December 11.  Because of the Covid pandemic, it was a virtual (online) meeting rather…

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North Korea Human Rights on the UN General Assembly Agenda

Robert King
December 9, 2020
In the next few days, the United Nations General Assembly will approve a resolution on “The Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”  The text of…

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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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