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Moon Jae-in’s UN General Assembly Speech – Did He Say Anything New about Peace?

Some commentators sat up when they read President Moon’s remarks because they took it as a unilateral call to end the Korean War Armistice.

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Bumpy Road Ahead for President Moon on the Energy Front

The state utility provider is signaling the need for a price hike, which could challenge President Moon’s public approval ratings at a delicate time.

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South Korean Company’s Strategic Investment

Lotte Chemical’s investment in Louisiana aligns with President Trump’s agenda to make the United States a major energy exporter and may help moderate future U.S. scrutiny of the bilateral trade relationship

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Fine Dust Impedes South Korea’s Economic Growth

If the fine dust crisis is not resolved in the near future, its consequences will cripple South Korea’s economic growth prospects

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Markets Optimistic about the Moon-Kim Summit but Investing in the Outcome is Premature

While there are reasons to be hopeful about the outcome of the summit, investing now in the resumption of Inter-Korean construction projects is premature even in the best case scenario.

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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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