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U.S. Poised to Set a Record Level of Merchandise Exports to Korea in 2017

One reason for the downward trend in the U.S. bilateral trade deficit with Korea is that the U.S. is on track to set a record in goods exports this year.

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The Recent Threats of Violence Against K-pop Girl Group Apink Are Crimes But Not Terrorism

As popular as it is post-9/11 to worry about terrorism, K-pop fans are misapplying terrorism when referring to criminal behavior against Apink.

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Why Isn’t Kim Jong-un Answering Seoul’s Phone Calls?

One obvious step for North Korea to buy time for its weapons program would be to drive a wedge between your two enemies, the United States and South Korea. 

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BBC Begins Broadcasting in Korean: What’s the Significance for Getting Information into North Korea?

The beginning of radio broadcasts in Korea by the BBC is a welcome addition to the sources of news and information reaching North Korea.

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Does the China-ROK Summit Signal the End of Economic Pressure over THAAD? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Headlines proclaimed the end of the dispute over THAAD, which China insists will harm their national security. However, these celebrations may be premature.

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The Elusive Korean Language Major

The surge in Korean study may be a result of K-pop and K-dramas, but the number of U.S. schools offering a Korean major is lowest when compared to Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic.

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President Moon’s Commitment to Young People in South Korea

Part of President Moon’s plans for re-invigorating the economy is to address the problem of unemployment, especially among Korea’s young people.

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Why South Koreans Keep their Cool about North Korea while Americans Grow More Alarmed

Despite growing American concerns over North Korea’s weapons capabilities, South Koreans increasingly view war with North Korea as less likely.

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Could the PyeongChang Winter Games Help China to Signal a Softening Position on THAAD Sanctions?

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang could provide an avenue for China to signal a softening of its position on sanctions over THAAD.

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South Korea and Turkey Celebrate Their Relationship

Starting on October 27, a Turkish film festival in Seoul will help celebrate the 60th anniversary of modern diplomatic ties between Turkey and South Korea.

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