- Daily Brief
- September 27, 2023
WHAT’S HAPPENING? Japan and South Korea are on the cusp of a thaw in bilateral relations. The result could be
South Korea’s ongoing struggle with gender inequality has ramifications for its economy and society. The country’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, may end up exacerbating this problem by denying its existence.
As one of the world’s largest CO2-emitters, South Korea has pledged to go carbon neutral. However, decarbonization will be an uphill battle that will require more than what the government has planned.
Successive attempts by South Korea’s government to rein in the country’s economic titans have been inadequate. As a result, the chaebols have only grown more powerful since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The symbolic demolition of the liaison office does not spell the end to talks on the Korean peninsula.
Dovish Blue House policies and America First White House demands are straining US-South Korean relations.
The North is refusing talks without concessions but the US won’t offer concessions before talks.
Trade and history disputes have pushed the Japan-South Korea relationship to the edge.
North Korea’s capacity to target the US with a nuclear-armed ICBM has fundamentally altered the status quo
The question of who got the better deal in Singapore is beyond all reasonable doubt.
Pyongyang may be seeking short-term relief from sanctions to ease its economic distress.
As President Moon looks forward to engage with the North, his greatest achievement may be behind him.