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…

China in the aftermath of the G20 summit

By Peter Drysdale, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Head of the East Asian Bureau  of Economic Research and Editor-in-Chief of East Asia Forum in the Crawford School  of Public Policy at the Australian National University. Prof Drysdale recently gave a public lecture at the University of Sheffield as part of the School of East Asian Studies Seminar Series…