South Korea

Koreas: The hidden risk of the “kill chain”
Koreas: The hidden risk of the “kill chain”
In a move to prove that the age of appeasing North Korea is over, South Korea’s newly-inaugurated president Yoon Suk-yeol has quickly moved to revive a “Kill Chain” strategy…
Contingency plans: South Korea and cross-Strait security
Contingency plans: South Korea and cross-Strait security
The importance of “peace and stability” across the Taiwan Strait featured in joint statements issued after US President Joe Biden’s meetings in May with South Korean President…
Bellicose or bluster? How South Koreans see the North’s nuclear threat
Bellicose or bluster? How South Koreans see the North’s nuclear threat
Do South Koreans view North Korea’s nuclear weapons as a threat? In addition to North Korea ratcheting up missile tests this year, including the first by an intercontinental…
Why now? The timing of North Korea’s ICBM test
Why now? The timing of North Korea’s ICBM test
More than two years after threatening to scrap a self-imposed nuclear and long-range missile testing moratorium, North Korea finally delivered this past week with Pyongyang’s…
Waiting for North Korea to escalate
Waiting for North Korea to escalate
After North Korea conducted a spate of missile tests in January, it was argued that the country had ended its self-imposed 2018 moratorium on testing intercontinental ballistic…
From Moon to Yoon: will the Korean peninsula see fire and fury return?
From Moon to Yoon: will the Korean peninsula see fire and fury return?
Conservative candidate Yoon Suk-yeol from the main opposition People Power Party has just defeated the liberal candidate Lee Jae-myung from the ruling Democratic Party of Korea to…
A foreign policy cheat sheet for South Korea’s presidential election
A foreign policy cheat sheet for South Korea’s presidential election
South Korea’s presidential election is slated for Wednesday 9 March. The race between the two leading candidates, Lee Jae-myung of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea and Yoon…
South Korea’s embrace of Australia goes beyond China
South Korea’s embrace of Australia goes beyond China
The elevation of a “comprehensive strategic partnership” between South Korea and Australia during South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s state visit last month has left analysts…
Koreas: A tale of two Olympics
Koreas: A tale of two Olympics
The presidency of South Korea’s Moon Jae-in will be bookended by Winter Olympics – one defined by hope, the other despair. North Korea has confirmed it will not participate in the…
Australia’s “China” blinders on South Korea
Australia’s “China” blinders on South Korea
Moon Jae-in’s visit to Australia brought out a troubling fact – amid the China threat hullabaloo, the ability to objectively analyse other diplomatic relationships has declined. …