July 20, 2024


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.


A tale of two polls: Reading between the lines of Yoon’s clashing approval rates

Realeter and Gallup Korea show stark differences in Yoon Suk-yeol’s popularity, but also support as he pushes for change

John LeeJohn LeeFebruary 26, 2024

South Korea’s fighter jet project hits turbulence amid tech theft saga

Allegations of espionage by Indonesian engineers put a spotlight on security and trust in defense collaborations

John LeeJohn LeeFebruary 7, 2024

Why new political parties are emerging ahead of South Korea’s general elections

As the two major parties face internal dissent and leadership crises, rifts signal a changing political landscape

John LeeJohn LeeJanuary 31, 2024

South Korea’s ruling party leader faces quandary amid rift with President Yoon

Discord between Yoon and ruling party’s interim leader over first lady’s alleged misdeeds casts shadow over elections

John LeeJohn LeeJanuary 25, 2024

South Korea contemplates defense role in Red Sea tensions

Potential coalition role puts Seoul’s diplomatic and military prowess under the spotlight

John LeeJohn LeeJanuary 18, 2024

From EVs to rare earths: South Korea’s biggest economic successes of 2023

In part two, Korea Pro looks back at bright spots in Seoul’s efforts to bolster supply chains, boost exports and more

John LeeJohn LeeJanuary 1, 2024

A year of robust foreign policy: South Korea’s biggest successes of 2023

Korea Pro has selected developments that showcased Seoul’s strengths and provide a foundation to build on in year ahead

John LeeJohn LeeDecember 29, 2023

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
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