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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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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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Kim Jong-un’s Use and Abuse of Apologies in Context: “Sorry, Not Sorry”

Markus Garlauskas
February 24, 2021
In recent months, western media reporting has emphasized Kim Jong Un’s emotion-laden comments admitting both North Korea’s failure to meet economic goals and the severe hardships being experienced by its…

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Lawmakers Make an Economic Argument for Relocating the National Assembly

Korea View
December 22, 2020
The ruling party doubles down on the claim that relocating the capital from Seoul to Sejong City would benefit the national economy.

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Koreans Vote for Continuity with the Ruling Party

Korea View
April 24, 2020
The outcome of this year's legislative election subverted assumptions that voters tend to support the opposition party to check the ruling party.

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High Turnout Points to Policy Success

Korea View
April 21, 2020
High voter turnout in the recent National Assembly election can be attributed to long-term effort to expand the pool of eligible voters.

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Two Prominent Defectors Elected to South Korean National Assembly

Robert King
April 17, 2020
Two prominent North Korean defectors were elected to membership in South Korea’s National Assembly in elections held on April 15th.

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How to Hold an Election During a Pandemic

April 15, 2020
Today, South Korea attempts to thread the needle, ensuring suffrage to all eligible voters while keeping uninfected voters safe from exposure.

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