May 20, 2024


Benjamin A. Engel

Benjamin A. Engel

Benjamin A. Engel is a Research Professor at the Institute of International Affairs, Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in International Area Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University in 2022.


Cinema and controversy merge in South Korea’s historical debate

A documentary about the nation’s first president becomes a battleground for future narratives amid election fever

Benjamin A. EngelBenjamin A. EngelFebruary 27, 2024

The “Yes Japan” phenomenon faces a reality check in South Korea

Despite mending ties, public opinion unaffected by diplomacy makes summit with Kishida a political liability for Yoon

Benjamin A. EngelBenjamin A. EngelFebruary 19, 2024

Yoon’s history games: How dictator’s son’s apology furthers New Right agenda

Apologies for deaths caused by Syngman Rhee in 1960 revolution align with conservative presidencies, inviting suspicion

Benjamin A. EngelBenjamin A. EngelSeptember 5, 2023

Reframing South Korea’s history: Yoon’s dance with the New Right

School of thought seeks to change perceptions of past authoritarian leaders and shape the future of Korea’s democracy

Benjamin A. EngelBenjamin A. EngelAugust 18, 2023

Yoon chases public opinion as he pardons Samsung prince, but not an ex-president

South Korean president is seeking economic wins amid low approval rating, while aiming to avoid political controversy

Benjamin A. EngelBenjamin A. EngelAugust 17, 2022

South Korea and human rights beyond the Korean Peninsula

While Yoon administration may be more willing to speak out on human rights issues in China, it will expect US support

Benjamin A. EngelBenjamin A. EngelMay 18, 2022