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8 May 2021
A gallows humor for the president's last cabinet.
1 April 2021
One Year Away: Presidential Election 2022 Viewer's Guide
Five story lines to watch for the next year.
25 March 2021
Poll: How Every Korean President Fared Over Five (or Less) Years
South Korean politics is a brutal landscape for any president.
26 February 2021
Conservatives’ Aimless Attack on ‘Nuclear Zero’
Nuclear power is not exactly a populist issue, but the conservatives are trying to make it into one.
24 February 2021
Starter Kit: a Brief History of Primaries in South Korea
The inter-party election to select the candidates who would run in the final election is a recent feature in Korean politics, and is localized in a peculiar way.
15 February 2021
Is Lee Jae-myung the New Favorite to be the Next President?
The Gyeonggi-do Province Governor is building a strong lead in the polls, but don't sleep on the third option.
5 February 2021
Supreme Court Finalizes 22 Years in Prison for Park Geun-hye
President Moon Jae-in rejected the call for pardoning Park.
21 January 2021
Moon Jae-in's Fifth Year: Can He Stick the Landing?
The president is in a better position than his predecessors, but South Korean politics is where best laid plans go to waste.
18 January 2021
Polls Galore: TBR's Round-Up of All the Year End 2020 Polls
A look into the favored next president and Seoul/Busan mayors.
5 January 2021
Crack in the Armor: South Korea’s Pandemic Response Slips in the Third Wave
The Korean government has been walking the tightrope of fighting the virus and saving the economy. Now, it is at risk of falling off.
4 January 2021
Happy New Year: the Electoral Calendar for 2021
Yun Seok-yeol's emergence as a leading conservative presidential candidate is the trend to watch.
21 December 2020
It’s the Real Estate, Stupid: the Moon Jae-in Administration at the Crossroads
TBR said in August: “The real estate issue . . . may well define the course of the Moon administration’s remaining two years.” Four months later, here we are.
4 December 2020
The Corruption Investigation Office: Ready to Launch
The fight to establish has been fierce, with 29 lawmakers indicted for interfering with the legislative process.
23 November 2020
Hiking Route for Presidential Assassins Now Open to Public
North Korean terrorists used the path behind the Blue House to infiltrate Seoul 52 years ago.
21 November 2020
Lee Myung-bak's End of the Road: Imprisoned and Alone
The Supreme Court finalized the 17-year prison sentence of the former president.
1 September 2020
The President's Summer Reading
The books the president reads often become bestsellers, as the public seeks to gauge the mind of their leader.
Business & Economy
25 August 2020
Defusing the South Korea’s Jeonse Time Bomb
South Korea’s unique method of housing lease that acts as an unregulated capital market.
23 August 2020
Kim Hyun-chong: Elite Trade Negotiator is Now a NatSec Architect.
Deputy National Security Advisor Kim Hyun-chong is establishing himself as one of the most important voices in the Moon administration’s policies for national security and foreign policy.
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