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On Korea: Academic Paper Series 2010

Publication: December 2010
Damien Ma, Will Pearson

Green-Collar Politics: Perils and Opportunities for South Korea in the Green-Tech Race

This paper examines policies in the renewables sector across various countries and where political tensions could generate suboptimal outcomes for the sector’s development. In its analysis of supply- and demand-side strategies of the clean-energy sector, this paper will also highlight some of the perils facing Seoul—and the lessons Korea can…

Buying into North Korea: Practices and Implications for Foreign Investment into the DPRK

With North Korea becoming increasingly politically isolated, there are few channels through which the international community can remain engaged. Despite the distaste most have for Pyongyang politics, more than 24 million people living under Kim Jong-il need assistance from the outside world. While providing this assistance, we have long hoped…

China-ROK Trade Disputes and Implications for Managing Security Relations

This paper compares Sino–South Korean management of bilateral economic and political tensions; it argues that China’s WTO entry has provided an external institutional framework for managing disputes on the economic side that has facilitated bilateral trade growth. The lack of institutional mechanisms regulating bilateral security relations suggests that management of…

North Korea, Libya, and Iran: Economic Sanctions and Nuclear Proliferation

On 19 December 2003, the leader of Libya, Col. Muammar El-Qaddafi, shocked the world by abruptly stating that his country was renouncing its attempts to develop weapons of mass destruction (WMD). What explained this sudden change of heart? Officials of the George W. Bush administration argued that Qaddafi was intimidated…

The Republic of Korea and the Middle East: Economics, Diplomacy, and Security

South Korean–Middle Eastern relations have been neglected in the literature throughout the years, mainly owing to the focus on Korea’s relations with the United States and Asian states and the attention given to the North Korea–Middle East military trade. This paper sheds new light on this issue by analyzing South…

Torn Between the Two Trade Giants: U.S.-China Trade Disputes and Korea

An old Korean proverb says that when two whales fight it is the shrimps whose backs are crushed. Maybe that proverb best describes Korea’s situation on the trade front these days. The United States and China are engaged in trade disputes on many issues. All countries are holding their breath…