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…

China’s grand geopolitical project threatens a new East-West divide in Europe

Małgorzata Jakimów, University of Sheffield The recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing ushered in a new phase in China’s global repositioning. In his opening speech China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive investment project launched in 2013 to dramatically expand land and sea trade across…

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…

America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan

By Dr Peter Matanle, Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation, School of East Asian Studies. Prime Minister Abe of Japan returned to Tokyo on Sunday 12 February having sealed his country’s position as a principal ally of the United States of America, in the process potentially even ousting the United…

Abe’s perilous Russian rapprochement

By Dmitry Filippov, PhD Student, School of East Asian Studies This article was originally posted on East Asia Forum Russo–Japanese ties gained traction throughout 2016 after over two years of marked stagnation brought on by the Ukraine crisis. In mid-December, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Japan, indicating that a Russo–Japanese rapprochement is clearly taking shape.…

At the Edge of the Modern Chinese Nation and Ex-Colonial Milieu

“At the Edge of the Modern Chinese Nation and Ex-Colonial Milieu: Transnationalism of the Chinese Community in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from the 1930s to 1970”  Dr. Sonoda Setsuko, an award winning transnational historian from Japan, recently gave a public research seminar at the School of East Asian Studies. Her seminar offered a fascinating account…