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On Korea: Academic Paper Series 2015

Publication: January 2016
Chang Hong-geun

Navigating Korea’s Labor Market Reforms

Faced with growing youth unemployment and public dissatisfaction with labor market conditions, representatives from South Korean labor, management, and government finalized an agreement to reform the domestic labor regime in September last year. This first step to reform South Korea’s labor market introduces a number of significant new measures, including…

Son Taek Wang

Legitimacy and Stability of North Korea

Since the death of Kim Il-sung in 1994 there have been numerous predictions that the collapse of the North Korean political system would be imminent, yet the Kim dynasty continues to rule. Although some prominent experts have emphasized the resilience of the North Korean regime, there is a dearth of…

Does the Korean Economy Depend Too Much on Samsung?

KEI is proud to release newest work in its Academic Paper Series, Does the Korean Economy Depend Too Much on Samsung? by Dr. Hyoung Tae Kim. In his most recent work, Dr. Kim analyzes whether reliance on Samsung Electronics constrains growth and constitutes significant systemic risk to the South Korean…

Russia and the Two Koreas in the Context of Moscow’s Asian Policy

KEI is proud to release newest work in its Academic Paper Series, Russia and the Two Koreas in the Context of Moscow’s Asian Policy by Dr. Stephen Blank. Russia’s desired ascent to a great independent power is contingent upon its rise in Asia, wherein conflict on the Korean Peninsula could…

Deciphering PLA Media Commentaries on North Korea: All Show or Real Talk?

As North Korea’s most important supporter on the international stage, China’s handling of relations with Pyongyang plays an important role in determining the future development of the country and stability of the Korean peninsula. This relationship, forged during the Korean War, is closely watched and scrutinized, despite its opaque nature.…

Korean Security and Unification Dilemmas: A Russian Perspective

Russia, one of the four important players in Korea, is focused on Korea due to its “turn to the East” policy. It is increasingly less interested in a momentous Korean unification under the ROK’s guidance which would result in a sudden shift of balance of power in the region. The…