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Insight 2010

Publication: January 2012

North Korea Reveals Uranium Enrichment Facility and Light Water Reactor

On November 2-6, KEI President Jack Pritchard and KEI Director Nicole Finneman visited Pyongyang to discuss with North Korean officials the current state of North Korea’s foreign relations and gain a better understanding of the changes that have taken place in North Korea since their last visit in 2009. Their…

Korea’s Moment: A Look at the Upcoming Seoul G-20 Summit

In less than two weeks world leaders will arrive in Seoul for two days of intense discussions on the current global economic recovery. Unlike the prior G-20 meetings during the crisis, the Seoul Summit will be more focused on the long-term recovery from the crisis than focused on managing the…

A New Nuclear Issue on the Korean Peninsula: The Rise of Korea’s Nuclear Power Industry

In the past few months, Korea’s profile as a peaceful nuclear power has risen with the announcement of a deal for its first ever export of a nuclear power plant—to the United Arab Emirates. Since that announcement, Korea has reached an agreement to build a research reactor for Jordan and…

The Cheonan: A National Funeral but Matter Still Not Resolved

In April 29, with national flags lowered to half-mast across South Korea, a siren blew at 10 a.m. calling for a moment of silence for the 46 sailors lost in the tragic sinking of the Cheonan on March 26. At the same time, at Pyeongtaek naval base, 2,800 mourners including…

Currency “Reform” in North Korea

Free elections are not part of North Korea’s political fabric, but Kim Jong-Il and his advisors are undoubtedly aware that the regime’s legitimacy will be challenged if it fails to meet its promise of achieving a strong and prosperous nation by 2012, particularly if it faces a leadership transition. The…

Ribbon Cutting in Kia-ville

From Kia, with Love: Korean Greenfield Investment Revives a Community On Friday, February 26, in a flashy rock concert atmosphere, a much awaited and well attended ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the Kia Motors America (KMA) plant in West Point, Georgia. The plant has been producing Kia Sorento crossovers…