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Yoon Suk-Yeol Faces Headwinds as He Seeks to Shore up Support

In the News
NK News
Karl Friedhoff

The South Korean public is lukewarm about reforms like extending the work week, Karl Friedhoff writes, but Yoon likely sees value in taking a harder line.

A TV screen shows footage of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's New Year's address
SIPA USA
Public Opinion

Nuclear Tensions on the Korean Peninsula Are Accelerating Dramatically

In the News
Politico
Ivo H. Daalder

As the global security environment becomes more challenging, the need to adapt alliances increases as well.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks in an interview on November 28, 2022.
Reuters
Defense and Security

Biden and Kishida Shore up Alliance at US-Japan Summit

In the News
Alhurra
Craig Kafura

Craig Kafura offers insights into Washington's ties with Tokyo.

Craig Kafura speaks via video call US Foreign Policy

Japan Unveils Ambitious Military Plans Ahead of Biden-Kishida Meeting

Podcast
Deep Dish on Global Affairs Podcast

What are the implications of Japan’s largest military buildup since World War II, and what does this mean for the US-Japan security alliance?

MEETING
REUTERS
Defense and Security

For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle

In the News
The Diplomat
Craig Kafura

It’s one thing to commit to a stronger military and another thing to use it, Craig Kafura argues.

Joe Biden meets Kishida Fumio on the way to a NATO meeting
The White House
Public Opinion

What to Expect for South Korea's Economy and Society in the Year Ahead

In the News
NK News
Karl Friedhoff

Karl Friedhoff joins other analysts to offer insights on what 2023 might bring for South Korea.

Seoul skyline
Pexels
Public Opinion

South Korea Revives Nuclear Debate as Tensions With the North Rise

In the News
Wall Street Journal
Karl Friedhoff

“South Koreans know they are living in a very unforgiving region so perhaps taking security into their own hands is seen as a logical next step."

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol gives a New Year's address on January 1, 2023.
Reuters
Global Politics

To Deter China, Taiwan Must Prepare for War

In the News
The Wall Street Journal
Ethan Kessler

Military conscription is a good start, but leaders in Taipei need to act with greater urgency still, Ethan Kessler writes.

Taiwan's president holds a New Year's ceremony
Shufu Liu
Defense and Security

Yoon Sees Approval Rate Bump after Adopting Harder-Edged Image

In the News
NK News
Karl Friedhoff

Banning press from a presidential plane and his response to truckers’ strike likely played to Yoon’s conservative base, Karl Friedhoff writes.

Yoon Suk-yeol at a Association of National Olympic Committees meeting in Seoul, Oct. 202
Shin Yugyeong
Public Opinion

As Reunification Hopes Fade, South Koreans Favor US Alliance More Than Ever

In the News
NK News
Karl Friedhoff

"Widespread skepticism of Washington has given way to the belief that US forces have a role to play on the peninsula for the foreseeable future," Karl Friedhoff writes.

President Biden and President Yoon pose for a photograph
The White House
Public Opinion