December 10, 2023
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Disastrous rollout of education policy drives Yoon’s approval rating lower still
Opinion

Disastrous rollout of education policy drives Yoon’s approval rating lower still

All age groups 18-69 disapprove of South Korean president, as support for opposition eclipses ruling party

Disastrous rollout of education policy drives Yoon’s approval rating lower still
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff August 8, 2022
Why South Korea’s biggest chipmakers are betting big on US over China
Analysis

Why South Korea’s biggest chipmakers are betting big on US over China

Samsung and SK Hynix appear on board with US vision for semiconductor alliance with advanced East Asian economies

Why South Korea’s biggest chipmakers are betting big on US over China
Sooyoung OhSooyoung Oh August 4, 2022
South Korean president hemorrhages support as unforced errors pile up
Opinion

South Korean president hemorrhages support as unforced errors pile up

Many in Yoon's own party oppose push to reform police oversight, while critics accuse him of unilateral decision-making

South Korean president hemorrhages support as unforced errors pile up
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff August 1, 2022
Op-ed: Latest raids on South Korean ministries more persecution than prosecution
Opinion

Op-ed: Latest raids on South Korean ministries more persecution than prosecution

ROK prosecutors are targeting former government for personnel changes even as Yoon does same, corroding good governance

Op-ed: Latest raids on South Korean ministries more persecution than prosecution
Aidan Foster-CarterAidan Foster-Carter July 29, 2022
Yoon’s approval rating hits new low, jeopardizing his domestic agenda
Analysis

Yoon’s approval rating hits new low, jeopardizing his domestic agenda

Support among conservatives falters as controversies swirl around South Korean president's administration and party

Yoon’s approval rating hits new low, jeopardizing his domestic agenda
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff July 25, 2022
Semiconductor wars: South Korea puts chips at center of national security
Analysis

Semiconductor wars: South Korea puts chips at center of national security

New President Yoon Suk-yeol seeks to boost domestic production to shield against future supply chain shocks

Semiconductor wars: South Korea puts chips at center of national security
Kangkyu LeeKangkyu Lee July 22, 2022
South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?
Analysis

South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?

Yoon administration wants to shore up relations with largest democracy and US ally in region, but Japan has trust issues

South Korea seeks reset with Japan. But does Tokyo want one too?
Justin YeoJustin Yeo July 21, 2022
South Korean voters appear tired of Yoon Suk-yeol, less than 3 months into term
Analysis

South Korean voters appear tired of Yoon Suk-yeol, less than 3 months into term

President is even losing support among oldest voters, long a reliable base for conservative politicians

South Korean voters appear tired of Yoon Suk-yeol, less than 3 months into term
Karl FriedhoffKarl Friedhoff July 12, 2022
Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.
Analysis

Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.

South Korea’s polarized media offer conflicting takes on president's first trip abroad, with attention focused on Japan

Was Yoon Suk-yeol’s trip to NATO Summit a success? It depends who you ask.
Justin YeoJustin Yeo July 7, 2022
Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks
Analysis

Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks

Many appointees to key posts specialize in US relations as new president seeks closer alignment with Washington

Yoon spurns balancing between US and China with foreign policy picks
Justin YeoJustin Yeo June 22, 2022