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[Larry Jagan] Will Aung San Suu Kyi be Myanmar’s next president?

Speculation continues to mount, amid stony silence from the leaders of the future government, the National League for Democracy. Since their landslide election victory last November, top party executives, including their charismatic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, have been mum. The nomination co...

Updated : 2016.02.11 18:11

[Yu Kun-ha] A financial chokehold on North Korea

South Korea has decided to indefinitely suspend the joint industrial complex in Gaeseong of North Korea, demonstrating its resolve to lead international efforts to punish the communist country for its...

Updated : 2016.02.11 17:56

[Kim Ji-hyun] What negative rates in Japan mean for Korea

TOKYO — Japanese equities have tumbled, to say the least. The country’s lending rates are below zero, and for the first time the interest rates on long-term government bonds are also negative. On T...

Updated : 2016.02.10 19:40

[Steve Andreasen] Nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran

North Korea’s latest underground nuclear test -- punctuated over the weekend by the rocket launch of a satellite that most experts believe is tied to the development of a long-range ballistic missile...

Updated : 2016.02.10 18:14

[Shin Yong-bae] Pinning hopes on ‘one-shot’ act  

After many twists and turns, the National Assembly last week barely passed a controversial bill aimed at boosting corporate vigor.Simply put, the special law with a three-year mandate will ease regula...

Updated : 2016.02.10 17:59

[Jean Pisani-Ferry] The politics of young and old

If one considers some of today’s main challenges – including climate change, pensions, public debt, and the labor market – an obvious conclusion emerges: It is relatively much worse to be young tod...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:13

[Kim Ji-hyun] ‘Geunhyenomics,’ or the lack thereof

The eponymous “Abenomics,” a set of reform plans named after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, frequently turns up in the world’s media. But nobody ever refers to “Geunhyenomics” for South Kor...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:09

Syria and neighbors need peace talks to work 

Most of the world has a stake in the success of the talks on Syria which have begun in Geneva, Switzerland, weak though their prospects for success may appear to be. First of all has to be the importance of the matter for the Syrians themselves. An estimated 320,000 of them have died so f...

Updated : 2016.02.05 15:05

[Kim Ji-hyun] Courtesy makes for a pleasant life

It’s pretty common knowledge that Japanese people are polite.  But it’s not just that. Not just the gestures. It’s more about the way people interact.  The basis is rather simple. It’s actually ...

Updated : 2016.02.03 17:50

[Kim Myong-sik] Fragmented Korean partisan politics 

It appears that North Koreans are ready to launch another rocket to demonstrate that they can send a nuclear warhead to any target in the world.  American and Japanese security officials have been tr...

Updated : 2016.02.03 17:47

[Robert J. Fouser] Is learning Korean difficult?

Foreigners who show an interest in learning Korean hear conflicting things from well-meaning native speakers. They are told that Hangeul is the easiest writing system to learn because it is the most s...

Updated : 2016.02.02 18:17

[Kim Seong-kon] Korea: a glittering land of literature and the arts

During the Korean War, and even as recently as the mid-1980s, few people knew where the Korean Peninsula was located. Sadly, Korea was an anonymous land, always left out from discussions about East As...

Updated : 2016.02.02 17:23

[J. Bradford DeLong] Economics in age of abundance

Until very recently, one of the biggest challenges facing mankind was making sure there was enough to eat. From the dawn of agriculture until well into the Industrial Age, the common human condition w...

Updated : 2016.02.01 17:10

[Minghao Zhao] What Xi can offer Middle East 

Those who have criticized China’s cautious foreign policy need to reconsider their position, following President Xi Jinping’s just-completed visit to Saudi Arabia and Iran -- two major Middle Easter...

Updated : 2016.02.01 17:08

[David Ignatius] Obama’s Egyptian blunder

Five years ago, President Obama made a decision that helped topple Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. His policy represented a bet that the democratic surge of the Arab Spring could lead to a stable po...

Updated : 2016.01.31 17:25