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What Does the Call for a KORUS FTA Special Meeting Mean for Korea?

If present trends continue, the U.S. may experience a lower bilateral merchandise trade deficit with Korea in 2017 than we have seen for the past several years – all without any action by USTR.

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Will Gasoline Prices Shake Pyongyang?

More than any other sanction imposed on the country, a cutoff of Chinese crude oil, translated into price hikes, angry customers, and slashed revenues, would cause big problems for Kim Jong-un.

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Poll of Polls: South Korean Presidential Polls April 18-24

Our aggregate poll is an average of national polls conducted between April 18th and 24th.

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Overseas South Korean Voters: Impact on the 2017 Presidential Election

The larger voter registration numbers this year signal greater enthusiasm among Koreans abroad in participating in the upcoming election. While there are certainly a myriad of other factors that will shape the election narrative in the coming weeks, overseas voters will play an influential part of the election outcome.

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Hollywood, Broadway, and Seoul: Musicals Take Off in South Korea

In a country known for its melodramatic soap operas and glitzy pop groups, Western heart-on-sleeve musicals have proven to be a natural fit for Korean entertainment preferences.

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South Korea’s Political Parties: Bareun Makes its Case

Here is a brief look at the current state of the four major political parties in South Korea today.

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A Conversation on USFK’s Move from Yongsan to Camp Humphreys

KEI Communications Director Jenna Gibson, host of the KEI podcast Korean Kontext, recently interviewed Major General James Walton, Director for Transformation and Restationing for U.S. Forces Korea (USFK).

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Korea and the Trump Administration: Confirmation Questions for State and Defense Nominees

For the purposes of those with a particular interest in Northeast Asia, and Korea in particular, following are questions that we would love to see asked and answered during the upcoming confirmation hearings.

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South Korea Seeks Opportunities in the New World of Central Asia

Although the Central Asia is not a major economic and diplomatic partner for South Korea, the countries of Central Asia have the potential to grow in the future as economic and trade partners for South Korea.

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All Eyes on Chinese Trade with North Korea, But There is a Problem

China surprised many Washington pundits by signing on in February to what looks like fairly tough trade sanctions on North Korea.

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