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The Seoul G-20 Five Years On: Global Financial Safety Nets

By Kyle Ferrier This year’s G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey may best remembered for the inclusion of non-economic issues in response to the terror attacks in Paris and the migrant crisis in Europe, but the final agreement also reflects the work of officials from participating governments since late last year.  In a previous post I […]

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How a Northeast Asian Development Bank Could Succeed

Still in the nascent stage of planning, a Northeast Asia Development Bank would serve as a multilateral development bank (MDB) to attract investment in Northeast Asia, specifically intending to incentivize the DPRK to denuclearize through access to external capital for development.

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Korea’s Economic Relationship with India Gets Dragged into Court and Politics

Recent ruling by the Indian Supreme Court is another example of how India continues to turn away potential Korean and international investors

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More Interesting Rumors: Jang Song Taek’s Money Man Defects and Relatives are Recalled

If the rumors and the events surrounding Jang Song Taek’s possible removal from power are true, we should prepare for a North Korea that is more provocative and difficult to handle in 2014.

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Can Psy Be More than Gangnam Style?

By Joyce YunSun Kang With “Gangnam style” now attracting over 650 million views, Psy (real name: Park Jae-sang) has done what no other South Korean singer has been able to do: successfully break into the mainstream U.S. market. But was this simply a YouTube video gone viral, or something else? Social media played a large […]

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Does Korea Have a Branding Problem?

South Korea seems to have a branding problem when it comes to European perceptions of the country. That’s according to a new poll which suggests European citizens view South Korea less favorably than do citizens from the United States.

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South Korea’s Strategic Investment Deals in the Middle East

By Seongjin James Ahn Last week, state-owned Korea Gas Co. (KOGAS) beat out eight other bidders to secure a new $127 million pipeline deal in Iraq.  The contract, to be signed later this month, heralds yet another lucrative investment project for South Korea which, in recent years, has been very assertive in winning investment contracts […]

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Sushi Wars

By Jessica Choi A few days ago, I went to my friend’s favorite local Japanese sushi bar for the first time, and I noticed that there was bulgogi (Korean beef bbq) on the menu.  My interest was piqued, so I decided to try speaking Korean to the waitress.  Lo and behold, it turns out that […]

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Exchange of Public Statements between the U.S. and China on the South China Sea

By Jae-kyung Park Early last month, the U.S. Department of State and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China exchanged harsh words publically on the issue of South China Sea. On August 3, the U.S. State Department issued a press statement with the heading of ‘South China Sea’. The words therein are carefully and considerately crafted, […]

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Korea and APEC: Match Made in a Globalized World

By Sarah K. Yun As leaders of the Asia-Pacific nations gathered for the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia on September 8-9, the ongoing effects of the euro crisis and global financial crisis added urgency to their efforts to increase regional economic growth and give APEC a leading role in the […]

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