Not having it: a protest outside the US embassy in Seoul. EPA/Jung Ui-chel

South Korea’s president is getting his North Korea policy badly wrong

Markus Bell, University of Sheffield and Marco Milani, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences In the wake of Pyongyang’s latest missile test, it’s clear that neither South Korea nor the US is making much headway in tackling the North Korean nuclear question. The south’s president, Moon Jae-in, is yet…

Four challenges for Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in victorious on May 9, 2017. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon Markus Bell, University of Sheffield and Marco Milani, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Democrat Moon Jae-in is the new president of South Korea. Moon, a former special forces soldier turned human rights lawyer, won a snap…

 Time for South Korea to beef up the role of the prime minister

By Markus Bell, University of Sheffield and Marco Milani, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences When South Korea’s Constitutional Court finally upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, ousted for cronyism and corruption, the massed protesters who spent months demanding her resignation breathed a collective sigh of relief. Their country…

Should we really be so afraid of a nuclear North Korea?

By Dr Markus Bell, Lecturer in Korean and Japanese Studies, SEAS, in collaboration with Marco Milani, University of Southern California The common thinking is that North Korea’s nuclear programme poses a threat to global peace and diverts economic resources from an impoverished population. North Korean leaders are depicted in the Western media as a cabal of…