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Insight 2011

Publication: February 2012

Looking Ahead to KORUS FTA Ratification

Despite an historic delay and continued opposition in some quarters, passage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) looks set to proceed quickly through the United States Congress. The road has been a long and difficult one, but for what has become a burgeoning global alliance and a keystone…

The New Faces of KEI

KEI has bid farewell to 6 of its 9 family members this year. The faces and personalities are changing, but KEI’s commitment to excellence remains. We have a basic philosophy of hiring the best, nurturing their professional development and helping them move on to bigger and better opportunities when the…

Pyongyang has an App for That: Sanctions and Luxury Goods in North Korea

Despite years of sanctions and isolation, foreign goods and modern consumer technologies continue to flow into North Korea providing elites with luxury goods and fueling the fragile economy. Countries such as China, Malaysia and Singapore serve as important conduits for trade. The reality of North Korea’s economic situation became clear…

Gateway to Inter-Korean Summits

Winston Churchill coined the term “summit” in the early 1950s to define meetings between leaders of great powers in the Cold War. While summits have allowed needed personal contacts for leaders, they may result in an illusion of mutual understanding. As the Lee Myung-bak administration comes to a close, the…

South Korea’s Role in a Post-Fukushima Nuclear Environment

While the initial focus may be on the humanitarian and safety needs of Japan after the Fukushima nuclear accident, South Korea has a major stake in the future of nuclear power. Countries around the world are reassessing their approach to nuclear power, but it is clear that South Korea is…

The Strategic Implications of Transformation in the Middle East for Korea

For much of the past month, the world has sat transfixed as the Arab World has begun to transform before our eyes. Having started in Tunisia, the call for political reforms and elections has rapidly spread through much of the Middle East and North Africa. Similar to the democratic awakening…