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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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Career Paths to the North Korean Politburo Part 3: Personalism, New Directions and Reading the Tea Leaves

Stephan Haggard
September 15, 2021
As individuals virtually unknown to outsiders become appointed to North Korea's Politburo, what helps to explain their metoric rise to power?

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Career Paths to the North Korean Politburo Part 2: Toward Military-Civilian Fusion?

Stephan Haggard
September 13, 2021
Recent appointments to North Korea's Politburo straddle the economic-military divided and look something like China’s strategy of military-civilian fusion.

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Career Paths to the North Korean Politburo Part 1: Trends under Kim Jong-un

Stephan Haggard
September 8, 2021
One prominent strand of North Korea watching takes the form of tracking individual personnel movements: the ups and downs associated with retirements, purges and the promotion of new favorites. Yet…

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Political promises falter in the face of economics

Korea View
July 29, 2021
South Korea’s political establishment struggles to reduce the country’s reliance on nuclear energy given the country’s economic demands.

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The commanding dissent of churches

Korea View
July 2, 2021
Christian groups’ minoritarian power has persistently prevented the passage of publicly supported anti-discrimination legislation.

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What President Biden Can Learn from Korea’s Progressives

Yong Kwon
June 16, 2021
Moon Jae-in's administration provides an instructive case study of what hurdles Biden might expect to a progressive agenda and how he might navigate them.

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Backlash to Gender Inclusivity

Korea View
June 11, 2021
Political actors who oppose the government’s push to encourage greater female participation in the economy are gaining ground.

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Domestic Goals Override Foreign Policy Headwinds

Korea View
June 3, 2021
Seoul and Washington agreed to remove ROK missile development restrictions, which supports South Korea’s goal of attaining military sovereignty.

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