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[Chon Shi-yong] Ban and presidential politics

In general, Koreans follow politics closely. You can easily overhear people discussing politics on mountain trails, at family gatherings for Chuseok and in bars and restaurants.I am still awed wheneve...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:47

The failure of democracy in decolonized states

After de-colonization, most newly-independent Asian and African countries were unable to stabilise democratic institutions and traditions. The system in these countries further weakened and became vulnerable when armed forces intervened and overthrew democratic government to establish mili...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:42

[John McBeth] Jokowi’s cabinet: Hard to form, facing hard work

After being promised a free hand to choose his cabinet, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo discovered ― perhaps not to his complete surprise ― that it was anything but free in a behind-the-scenes tuss...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:42

New Fukushima governor must accelerate recovery from crisis, evacuees’ return

The governor-elect of Fukushima prefecture must display strong leadership to accelerate efforts for reconstruction from the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and expedite the return of evacuees to their homes. Former Deputy Gov. Masao Uchibori easily trium...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:41

[Dominique Moisi] The return of Sarkozy

PARIS ― Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said that a week is a very long time in politics. If that is true, France’s 2017 presidential election is an eternity away, and any speculati...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:58

Vaccine ignorance ― deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We’ve seen this happen around the world with a wide range of illnesses, from swine flu to SARS to Ebola.And even after threats are addressed, a new form of conspiratorial thinking often emerges, ...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:57

[Jim Yong Kim] Shared prosperity: A goal to reduce inequality

We have made tremendous progress over the last quarter century in the fight against poverty. In 1990, 36 percent of the world’s population, or 1.9 billion people, earned less than $1.25 a day. By nex...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:57

[Kim Myong-sik] Aegi-bong clearing and delay of OPCON transfer

It was Christmas Eve of 1968, a chilly night. A busload of reporters and cameramen from Seoul newspapers and TV stations headed toward Aegi-bong Peak on the Gimpo Peninsula. There, the ROK Marine Corp...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:56

What Reagan’s Goldwater speech means today

Monday marked the 50th anniversary of private citizen Ronald Reagan’s landmark speech on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential candidacy in 1964. Reagan’s remarks gave meaning to a campaign the establishment had said was a fool’s errand, and offered a response to those who said cons...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:54

[Robert J. Fouser] Historic sites and community

Local conflicts and issues often reflect larger, deeper issues in a society. Two recent proposed changes to landmarks in the center of Seoul have stirred intense opposition in nearby neighborhoods. Th...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:54

How big a nuclear arsenal do we really need?

If President Obama wants to use his last two years to further his agenda, here’s something he could do that would advance the cause of global security and save the country money: suspend plans to develop a new arsenal of American nuclear weapons.Obama started his presidency with a sharp f...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:52

[Kim Seong-kon] Between the dark past and bright future

Last week, I went to Wonju to attend the award ceremony of the 2014 Pak Kyong-ni Literary Prize. Bernard Schlink, this year’s recipient, remarked in his acceptance speech, “Like ancient sailors, we ...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:52

Inspiration from a courageous father

In 2009, I spent an afternoon talking with Malala Yousafzai’s father, Ziauddin, in an outdoor garden in Mingora, the capital of the Swat district of Pakistan, which had just been freed from months of Taliban control.I thought of that conversation when Malala, now 17, received the prestigi...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:51

Is Obama’s Middle East policy prudent or weak?

President Barack Obama has been repeatedly accused of delaying. Critics say he dragged his feet on sending more troops to Afghanistan, on addressing the dangers in Libya, on providing support to Syria’s rebels and, most recently, on initiating military action against the Islamic State.But...

Updated : 2014.10.28 20:50

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] New macroeconomic strategy

NEW YORK ― I am a macroeconomist, but I dissent from the profession’s two leading camps in the United States: the neo-Keynesians, who focus on boosting aggregate demand, and the supply-siders, who f...

Updated : 2014.10.27 20:08