July 14, 2024


Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll is the founder of NK News/NK Pro and related holding company Korea Risk Group. In addition to being the group's CEO, O'Carroll is a frequent writer and commentator about the Koreas, having written about the two nations since 2010. He has visited the DPRK multiple times, worked and lived in Washington, D.C. with a focus on peninsula issues, and lived in the ROK since 2016.


How South Korea’s democratic decay has worsened under President Yoon Suk-yeol

In-depth Korea Pro analysis points to sustained erosion of democratic norms, continuing trends that began under Moon

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollJuly 1, 2024

Korean government’s widespread use of personal emails poses security risks

Blase attitude about net safety and cumbersome official software broaden exposure to phishing and other attacks

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollMarch 18, 2024

South Korea’s tech paradox: How local constraints thwart its global ambitions

Claims of national security underpin map data policies, yet experts suggest the aim may be to shield domestic companies

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Yeji ChungJuly 11, 2023

Why foreign journalists in South Korea get second-rate access to government

Local media’s desire to limit competition hampers international media from accessing primary sources equally

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollApril 3, 2023

Modern high-rise apartments come at a price for Seoul’s most vulnerable

Experts say appetite for new buildings ignores rights of long-term residents and pushes them to the curb — literally

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Yeji ChungMarch 24, 2023

South Korea’s real estate sector turbulence creates new risks and opportunities

Many parts of South Korean economy likely to face economic headwinds, but commercial real estate may be bright spot

Chad O'CarrollChad O'Carroll | Yeji ChungDecember 19, 2022

Why conferences in Korea are (mostly) a waste of time and resources

Overfocus on prestige signaling makes for pretty settings but little substance or real debate, experts say

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollNovember 24, 2022

The cost of South Korean media’s obsession with vows, promises and pledges

Uncritical amplification of political statements and press releases remains commonplace, crowding out original reporting

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollOctober 19, 2022

Fast internet speeds can’t save South Korea’s terrible websites

Proprietary security protocols and bad UI pose barriers to foreigners and fly in the face of country’s global ambitions

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollSeptember 14, 2022

What a Trump comeback would mean for South Korea’s reset with the US

Reelection of former president hostile toward Seoul could throw allies’ ties into chaos, experts say

Chad O'CarrollChad O'CarrollAugust 29, 2022