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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.

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South Korean Conscription and the Challenges of a Declining Population

Terrence Matsuo
November 8, 2023
Although many advanced states face demographic challenges, it is especially acute for the Korea and its military.

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South Korea as a middle power: assumptions and misunderstandings

Jeffrey Robertson
October 13, 2023
Middle powers were framed in a different era. Indeed, there is a strong argument to be made that they only existed in the period 1940-2000.

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South Korea and the middle power revival school

Jeffrey Robertson
October 3, 2023
Two decades ago, South Korea was rarely called a middle power. Today, it invites ridicule to suggest South Korea is anything but.

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Korea’s CHIPS Concerns are Mildly Assuaged

Tom Ramage
September 26, 2023
Despite the stability provided to them, Korean chip companies still grapple with uncertainty surrounding American semiconductor technology.

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Japan–South Korea–US relations thawed, but not warm enough

Daniel Sneider
September 7, 2023
The August 18, 2023 summit at Camp David was rightly hailed as a breakthrough moment for Japan, South Korea, and the United States.

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2022 in Review: Is Korea Becoming More Polarized?

Stephan Haggard
January 3, 2023
Korean voters are generally centrist. However, there is some evidience of growing political polarization, especially among partisan voters.

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Partisanship Discourages Responsive Policy

Yu Na Choi
July 23, 2022
Recurring deadlocks in the National Assembly are fed by and worsen the public’s alienation from the political process.

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Korea’s ad hoc and instrumental refugee policy

Yu Na Choi
July 4, 2022
South Korea’s refugee policies to-date have been largely responsive to the country’s political and economic demands, not principles.

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