[Robert J. Fouser] North Korea as a brand

No country produces more rumors and theories than North Korea. Every new photograph of the young leader Kim Jong-un is scrutinized for clues about his intentions. North Korea watchers look wishfully for signs of “change” that wi...

[Kim Seong-kon] Remembering Edward Said’s call for reconciliation

When September comes around every year, I remember my mentor, Edward W. Said, who sadly passed away in September 2003. More than 10 years have passed since he left this world, but Said’s influence can still be felt all over the w...

[Editorial] Eliciting Chinese action

When President Park Geun-hye leaves for Beijing today, it will not be with a light heart. The decision to attend China’s Victory Day celebrations, including the military parade, was reached after weighing the pros and cons of par...

[Editorial] Highest suicide rate

The latest OECD Health Statistics held dismal news for Korea. The country’s suicide rate stood at the top among the 25 of the 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development member states for which figures were available...

The president and the Beijing parade

President Park Geun-hye’s decision to attend China’s military parade this week, commemorating the victory over Japan in World War II, is both puzzling and more than a little unsettling. The guest list includes leaders from 30 co...

[Clive Crook] What if 2008 financial crisis comes around again?

By the end of the week, stocks, currencies and commodity prices weren’t crashing any longer but financial markets were far from settled. Over the past 10 days, markets have plummeted, paused, recovered and fallen again. There’s ...

[David Ignatius] Drones cover intelligence blunders

Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, has disclosed that it suffered heavy casualties when the U.S. launched drone attacks last month to defend a moderate opposition group called “Division 30.”“The U.S. strikes caus...

[Editorial] Rebuilding momentum

Apparently emboldened by a rare inter-Korean deal on defusing tensions and promoting exchanges, South Korea’s top nuclear envoy last week expressed hope for fresh momentum in efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Speaking at a for...

[Editorial] Multicultural students

Figures released by the Education Ministry last week showed the number of children from multicultural families attending elementary, middle and high schools across the country stood at 82,536 as of April, accounting for 1.4 percen...

[J. Bradford DeLong] A cautionary history of U.S. monetary tightening

The U.S. Federal Reserve has embarked on an effort to tighten monetary policy four times in the past four decades. On every one of these occasions, the effort triggered processes that reduced employment and output far more than th...

[John Kass] The populist appeal of Trump

Why are so many journalists -- particularly liberal journalists -- mocking the true believers of Donald Trump? Because it’s just so darn easy, that’s why. It’s much safer to ridicule Trump supporters than dare question Planne...

[Editorial] Chung’s contributions

In an interview with a local newspaper, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director Chung Myung-whun said that he would not renew his contract, which expires at the end of the year. His frustration with the continuing cont...

[Editorial] Heavier punishment

Phone scammers got their just deserts when the Daegu District Court sentenced two men to six years in jail for setting up call centers in China and Korea that were used to defraud unsuspecting Koreans.  The court also handed down...

[Editorial] Labor reform talks

It is welcome that the tripartite committee has resumed its negotiations for labor market reform, which had been in hiatus since April. The Federation of Korean Trade Union’s decision to return to the table paved the way for the ...

[Editorial] Renewal of opposition?

The word “south-south conflict” describes the different — often opposite — positions South Koreans take on North Korea, be of its leader, its security threat or how to achieve reunification.  The conflict escalates when there...