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On Korea: Academic Paper Series 2017

Publication: November 2017

Soap Operas and Socialism: Dissecting Kim Jong-un’s Evolving Policy Priorities through TV Dramas in North Korea

Romance, humor, tension — everyone loves a good sitcom, even North Koreans. But in North Korea, TV dramas are more than mere entertainment. They play a crucial political role by serving as a key messenger of party and government policy. They aim to shape social and cultural mores in North…

Korean Firms' Sustainability Practices and Their Role in the Green Economy

Companies in industrialized nations have embraced environmental protection and sustainability as part of their international competitive strategies. The trend toward proactive environmental management has also grown in Korean firms, as consumers, investors, local policy networks, and the Lee Myung-bak administration’s green growth policy initiatives have provided an impetus for the…

A Revolutionary State: North Korea's Support of Non-State Actors, Past Policies and Future Issues

Forged in the blood and strife of the anti-Japanese struggle during the colonial era, the North Korean revolution, with Kim Il-sung at its core, was built on the ethos of the guerilla fighter. After independence, Kim Il-sung’s band of guerilla fighters purged competing factions and consolidated their power. Although the…

East Asia's Regional Financial Governance: Assessing Korea's Centrality

In the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, the multilayered international financial governance regime has been strengthened. In East Asia, this regime includes an ASEAN+3 regional layer designed to complement – rather than replace – the global layer. This regional layer has three goals: crisis prevention, crisis management and resolution,…

The Limits of Identity Politics and the Strategic Case for U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateralism

The ROK-Japan relationship seemingly found a floor after the downward spiral that marked the end of the Lee Myung-Bak presidency and the first three years of President Park Geun-hye. Seoul and Tokyo are now cooperating more closely together and with the United States to address the North Korean security threat.…

New Frontiers of Cooperation in U.S.-Korea Relations: Opportunities for Economic Engagement

In October 2015, the U.S. and Korean governments announced “New Frontiers of Cooperation” for the bilateral agenda following the summit meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Korean President Park Geun-hye. These areas include countering biological threats and advancing the global health security agenda; combating climate change; investing in a…