[David Ignatius] Kerry signals ‘crunch time’ on Syria

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview that the U.S. is nearing a final “crunch time” on Syria -- in which it will either make progress toward a cease-fire or begin moving toward “Plan B” and new mili...

[Editorial] Blind opposition

One of the key mandates and missions of the opposition is to watch over the government in power, criticize it and offer alternatives if it does something wrong.  But the Korean opposition often sticks to opposition for the sake o...

[Editorial] Different this time

China becomes a focus of international attention whenever North Korea escalates tensions by nuclear tests or long-range missile launches. It is because the international community looks to China, the sole socialist ally and econo...

[Larry Jagan] Will Aung San Suu Kyi be Myanmar’s next president?

Speculation continues to mount, amid stony silence from the leaders of the future government, the National League for Democracy. Since their landslide election victory last November, top party executives, including their charismat...

[Editorial] Peninsular tensions rise

There is no time to cry over spilled milk. The Park administration has taken retaliatory action against North Korea’s long-range missile provocation following a nuclear test. It chose to close down the Gaeseong industrial complex...

[Editorial] Short-selling divide

South Korea’s small investors are expressing their anger at some securities firms for reportedly cooperating with corporate investors over their short-selling practices. A recent move to transfer their stocks to the accounts of ...

[Yu Kun-ha] A financial chokehold on North Korea

South Korea has decided to indefinitely suspend the joint industrial complex in Gaeseong of North Korea, demonstrating its resolve to lead international efforts to punish the communist country for its latest nuclear and missile pr...

[Kim Ji-hyun] What negative rates in Japan mean for Korea

TOKYO — Japanese equities have tumbled, to say the least. The country’s lending rates are below zero, and for the first time the interest rates on long-term government bonds are also negative. On Tuesday, Japan’s stock benchma...

[Steve Andreasen] Nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran

North Korea’s latest underground nuclear test -- punctuated over the weekend by the rocket launch of a satellite that most experts believe is tied to the development of a long-range ballistic missile -- has set off an avalanche o...

[Shin Yong-bae] Pinning hopes on ‘one-shot’ act  

After many twists and turns, the National Assembly last week barely passed a controversial bill aimed at boosting corporate vigor.Simply put, the special law with a three-year mandate will ease regulations stipulated in other econ...

[Editorial] 'One-shot' law

After many twists and turns, the Corporate Vitality Enhancement Act has been finally enacted. The legislation is aimed at revitalizing Korea’s major industries, such as shipbuilding and steelmaking, which have been suffering from...

[Editorial] Sanctions with teeth

Ignoring repeated warnings from the global community, North Korea has launched a long-range rocket. Pyongyang claimed the launch was part of its scientific space program, but it was a thinly disguised ballistic missile test. In a...

[Jean Pisani-Ferry] The politics of young and old

If one considers some of today’s main challenges – including climate change, pensions, public debt, and the labor market – an obvious conclusion emerges: It is relatively much worse to be young today than it was a quarter-centu...

[Kim Ji-hyun] ‘Geunhyenomics,’ or the lack thereof

The eponymous “Abenomics,” a set of reform plans named after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, frequently turns up in the world’s media. But nobody ever refers to “Geunhyenomics” for South Korean President Park Geun-hye, a...

Syria and neighbors need peace talks to work 

Most of the world has a stake in the success of the talks on Syria which have begun in Geneva, Switzerland, weak though their prospects for success may appear to be. First of all has to be the importance of the matter for the Syr...