Karl Friedhoff is the Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asia Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
President’s conservative base backs agreement with Japan, showing Yoon has free hand to pursue foreign policy vision
New survey puts South Korean president’s popularity at 8-month high but may not provide sound basis for policy decisions
Early poll suggests South Koreans prefer Democratic leader as next political leader, but caveats abound
South Korean public is lukewarm about changes like extending work week, but Yoon likely sees value in taking harder line
Banning press from presidential plane and response to truckers’ strike likely played to Yoon’s conservative base
Anti-Americanism largely a thing of the past, though both ROK left and right favor indigenous nuclear program
South Korean leader’s approval rates have held steady since deadly crowd crush, and he may see opening to attack police
New poll finds public lukewarm on idea, despite long-standing support for an indigenous nuclear program
President’s approval rate has recovered, but majority see his criticism of broadcaster’s reporting as media suppression
The president has been unable to create momentum and change the narrative surrounding his administration
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