South Korea

The Anti-Terrorism Act of South Korea and the...

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In continuation of the story of how South Korea is fighting against international terrorism, we would like to note the discussions around the potential adoption of a special Act on the matter. This…

Republic of Korea: Anti-government Protests a...

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As promised, on December 5th the centre of Seoul again became a scene for the new series of anti-government protests. The participants came out against the policy of the current Korean…

The Juche-following “Doctors’ Plot” in the R...

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According to Yonhap News Agency, December 1, 2015 nine oriental medicine doctors and three medical students in the Republic of Korea have been charged with treason and propaganda in favour of North Korea. The suspects are not named, but…

On Mass Protests in South Korea

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November 14 saw central Seoul become the scene of anti-government protests and clashes between protesters and the police – the most violent since the summer of 2008. Back then the capital gathered to stand up against imports of US beef, which were believed…

Republic of Korea and “Terrorist Threat to th...

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Blatant terrorist attacks taking place recently, including the one of November 13 in Paris, echoed around the world. The Republic of Korea is no exception. This article will discuss Korea’s reaction to the terrorism challenge of our time and how…

The war over history in South Korea

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The crisis surrounding the attempts to create a standardised history textbook for secondary schools and universities in the Republic of Korea is still ongoing. Protests against the state policy in this sphere even served as a reason for the opposition’s…

Trilateral Summit in Seoul: Background and So...

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On November 1, 2015, Seoul hosted a summit lasting three and a half hours between the Prime Ministers of China and Japan and the President of South Korea (Republic of Korea, RK). The last time such an event was held was in May 2012…

War Over the History of South Korea

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The political forces in the Republic of Korea continue a bitter dispute over the Ministry of Education decision to transition to a unified national history textbook for intermediate and higher school levels. Formally, from 2017 the national history…

Conservatives in South Korea – a New Offensiv...

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South Korea periodically pleases us with its interesting events of political life, but not all of them are noticeable. For example, the attempted constitutional coup, launched against President Park Geun-hye by representatives…

The New “Steps Towards Democracy”...

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On July 15 2015, the police of the Republic of Korea in Seoul raided the office and residence of members of the civil movement, “Korean Alliance”, (in Korea – the association for independent reunification and the development of democracy), who advocate…

Non-DPRK Hackers, or Another Scandal in the K...

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Some time ago, the author of this article and some of his colleagues, including foreign ones, began receiving strange letters, with attachments representing rather clumsy attempts to hack mailboxes or to access…

South Korea: A Different Kind of Coup Attempt

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Usually, speaking about a political struggle in the Republic of Korea, we pay attention to either the suppression of the opposition forces or attempts of President Park Geun-hye to strengthen her position in the struggle against the neoconservatives. This struggle…


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