December 08, 2023


John Lee

John Lee

John Lee is the editor of KOREA PRO, based in Seoul. Prior to that, he was a contributor for NK News and KOREA PRO. His focus is on South Korean foreign policy and ROK-U.S. relations.


Twitch’s exit highlights costs of South Korea’s insular digital strategy

Streaming platform has blamed increased regulation on foreign firms, and its departure could have major economic impact

John LeeJohn LeeDecember 6, 2023

South Korea’s overconfidence adds salt to the wound of failed World Expo bid

Busan suffered landslide defeat for 2030 expo, raising questions about ROK’s diplomatic prowess and strategic planning

John LeeJohn LeeNovember 29, 2023

How suspending the inter-Korean military deal will shape South Korean policy

Decision could exacerbate domestic divisions over North Korea, while forcing further prioritization of defense spending

John LeeJohn LeeNovember 22, 2023

South Korea stands at diplomatic crossroads as Yoon’s approval rating plummets

ROK president’s domestic challenges risk derailing his foreign policy initiatives, increasing uncertainty in near term

John LeeJohn LeeOctober 20, 2023

Why halting KF-21 collaboration with Jakarta could cost Seoul more than money

Dispute with Indonesia risks South Korea’s finances, regional ties and aerospace industry credibility

John LeeJohn LeeOctober 17, 2023

How US waivers for South Korea’s chips supply to China masks its tech quandary

Amid US-China tech tension, South Korea’s semiconductor waivers bring short-term relief but long-term strategic dilemmas

John LeeJohn LeeOctober 13, 2023

What the Hamas attacks against Israel mean for South Korea

ROK backed US-Iran deal that saw transfer of billions in assets, possibly freeing up resources for coordinated assault

John LeeJohn LeeOctober 9, 2023

South Korea faces economic inflection point as debt and monetary challenges loom

Bank of Korea is grappling with how to handle interest rates, seeking to tackle inflation without knee-capping growth

John LeeJohn LeeOctober 3, 2023

Navigating uncertainty: How threats of US shutdown shape ROK strategic calculus

Unpacking the ripple effects of US political turmoil on South Korea’s economic, defense and diplomatic ties

John LeeJohn LeeOctober 2, 2023

Yoon signals priorities with defense minister pick, and sets up political fight

Shin Won-sik has attracted strong domestic opposition, but embodies president’s push to boost ties with US and Japan

John LeeJohn LeeSeptember 28, 2023
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