[Editorial] Comical twist

The scandal surrounding Woo Byung-woo, the senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, exposes the foolishness of President Park Geun-hye and her administration. The prosecution has launched an investigation into Woo, as requ...

[Editorial] Near implosion?

President Park Geun-hye’s policy on North Korea -- and more broadly, unification -- has been built on “trustpolitik,” which calls for the two Koreas to build trust through engagement and cooperation so that they can eventually ...

[Tyler Cowen] Nations can act like startups, too

The virtues of business startups have led to many a success story. These enterprises start with clean slates. They embody the focused and often idiosyncratic visions of their founders. The successful ones grow faster than their co...

[David Ignatius] China’s influence rising in Australia

Australia has a split personality when it comes to China: Government officials stress the importance of their strategic alliance with the US, even if it upsets Beijing. But business leaders argue that Australia must accommodate th...

[Kavi Chongkittavorn] Emerging nexus between Myanmar, Thailand, China

Aung San Suu Kyi’s five-day trip to China confirms the emergence of a new triangular strategic partnership involving Myanmar, Thailand and China. The three share a more than 4,605-kilometer border (Thailand-Myanmar 2,401 km; Chin...

[Gideon Lasco] Augmenting reality with ‘Pokemon Go’

News that “Pokemon Go” had reached Philippine shores came to me just as I finished hiking up Kuju Volcano, the highest mountain here on Kyushu island. Though the news came alongside reports on many other developments that day --...

[Ronald Eberhard] E-commerce and TPP  

Amazon, Lazada, Grab, Uber and the Trans-Pacific Partnership share a common interest in Indonesia. All favor openness and competition in the field of e-commerce.  The intention to open up the economy is surely to attract more inv...

[Editorial] Food safety

The government’s 5.6 trillion-won ($5 billion) free school meals scheme has been found to be supplying improper lunches to many of the nation’s 6.14 million students.A government task force inspected between April and July some ...

[Editorial] Political gridlock

Escalating inter-party hostility threatens to kill the 11 trillion-won ($9.7 billion) extra budget bill, which is intended to ease the pain of corporate restructuring and stimulate the sluggish economy.The ruling Saenuri Party, th...

[Daniel Pipes] Worry about IS threat, not about burkini  

France has been seized by a silly hysteria over the burkini, prompting me to wonder when Europeans will get serious about their Islamist challenge.For starters, what is a burkini? The word (sometimes spelled burqini) combines the ...

[Cass R. Sunstein] Campaign against immigrants echoes Red Scare

In the summer of 1954, during hearings prompted by his investigation of Communism in the U.S. Army, Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy hit his professional nadir. Speaking to Joseph Welch, chief counsel for the Army, McCarthy accused a y...

[Joseph E. Stiglitz] Changes that are needed to make the euro work

NEW YORK -- To say that the eurozone has not been performing well since the 2008 crisis is an understatement. Its member countries have done more poorly than the European Union countries outside the eurozone, and much more poorly ...

[Eric K. Fanning] The foundations of Pacific stability

WASHINGTON, DC -- This month, I completed a two-week, six-stop tour of the Pacific, beginning with a visit to the United States Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. It was a fitting way to start the trip, a reminder that the ...

The story of Aleppo in a child‘s face

More than broken buildings and twisted rebar, more than images of Su-34 bombers and pickup trucks toting soldiers armed with AK-47s, the face of Omran Daqneesh, 5, tells the story of Aleppo, Syria.In a photo taken after an airstri...

[Editorial] Similar path

The leadership race of The Minjoo Party of Korea is following the path taken by the ruling Saenuri Party, which in its recent leadership contest ended up consolidating the hegemonic power of its mainstream faction that is largely ...