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Insight 2010

7 Publications

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…

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…

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…

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…