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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks on the government supplementary budget at the National Assembly on May 16, 2022 in Seoul.

Beyond Representation: How Diversity Can Unleash Korea’s Innovation

Commentary / June 30, 2022
A social and corporate culture that values and enforces conformity surely cannot be a wellspring of creativity and innovation. Korean society must find a new source of vitality. Enhancing diversity to stimulate innovation and change could be the answer.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the South Korean parliament via video link.

In the Wake of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, Korea Should Join Its Peers in Defending the Liberal International Order

Commentary / June 1, 2022
It is difficult to anticipate how the geopolitical storm set off by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may develop. What is certain is that the international order will not be the same, and this change will have significant repercussions for South Korea.
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Honor guards prepare to raise the Taiwan flag in the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall square.

Biden Says We’ve Got Taiwan’s Back. But Do We?

Commentary / May 31, 2022
Many will applaud Mr. Biden for standing up for democratic Taiwan in the face of Chinese threats. But he could be putting the island in greater danger, and the United States may not be able to come to the rescue.
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The Gwangju Uprising

Gi-Wook Shin on Gwangju and South Korea’s Democracy

Commentary / May 24, 2022
“The tragic outcome was a brutal wakeup call to Korean democratic movements.”
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South Korea's President Yoon holds a champagne glass

Which Yoon Should Biden Expect at the Upcoming South Korea-U.S. Summit?

Commentary / May 20, 2022
Yoon has been compared to Biden’s own nemesis, Donald Trump, but he is far from a political iconoclast.
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Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a press conference

In Troubled Waters: South Korea’s Democracy in Crisis

Commentary / May 3, 2022
Just as the United States experienced a crisis of democracy under the Trump administration, South Korea underwent a democratic recession during President Moon Jae-in’s time in office. The consequences of this decline have been evident throughout the election and the subsequent presidential transition.
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Next Steps in U.S.-China Climate Cooperation

Commentary / April 29, 2022
There are multiple, concreate areas for constructive cooperation between the United States and China as they tackle growing environmental challenges.
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Xion, Seoho, Ravn, Keonhee, Leedo, and Hwanwoong of OneUs visit the Empire State Building

It’s Time for K-pop Stars to Speak Out on Human Rights

Commentary / April 21, 2022
With few exceptions, South Korea’s K-pop idols have been conspicuously silent on controversial subjects – including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Vladamir Putin and Xi Jinping shake hands.

Beijing Is Used to Learning from Russian Failures

Commentary / April 19, 2022
The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.
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An Uncomfortable Friendship: Understanding China’s Position on the Russia-Ukraine War and Its Implications for Great Power Competition

Commentary / March 21, 2022
On WBUR’s "On Point" and Fox 2 KTVU, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's alignment with Russia and the worldwide implications of its calculus on Ukraine.
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South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-Yeol

South Korean Democracy Under Stress: Yoon Suk-yeol’s Victory Likely to Increase Domestic Polarization

Commentary / March 10, 2022
On CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia," APARC Director Gi-wook Shin shares insights about the potential for democratic backsliding and further domestic tension after Yoon Suk-yeol’s victory in the contentious presidential election in South Korea.
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Protesters display placards in front of the Representative Office of the Moscow-Taipei Coordination Commission to protest against Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine on February 25, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Invasions Are Not Contagious

Commentary / March 3, 2022
Russia’s War in Ukraine Doesn’t Presage a Chinese Assault on Taiwan
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South Korea Votes, Beijing Watches

Commentary / March 2, 2022
Anti-Chinese sentiment surges—especially among the young—in advance of the March 9 elections.
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Ukraine Is a Distraction from Taiwan

Commentary / February 14, 2022
Getting bogged down in Europe will impede the U.S.’s ability to compete with China in the Pacific.
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Young people protesting in South Korea

South Koreans Are Rethinking What China Means to Their Nation

Commentary / February 8, 2022
A new study illuminates the potential effects of anti-Chinese sentiment in Korea.
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President Xi and Kim Jong Un meet on a TV screen

North Korea Is Becoming an Asset for China

Commentary / February 3, 2022
Pyongyang’s Missiles Could Fracture America’s Alliances
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Yoon Seok-Youl

What Does Korea’s 2022 Presidential Election Mean for Its Democracy?

Commentary / January 26, 2022
The ongoing South Korean presidential race holds significant sociopolitical implications for the future of democracy as democratic backsliding has now become an undeniable reality in South Korea.
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America's Future in Taiwan

Commentary / November 10, 2021
Intensifying threats of a military conflict over Taiwan have brought uncertainty to the stability of regional security for Southeast Asia, according to Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro on radio show On Point.
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Would the United States Come to Taiwan's Defense?

Commentary / October 25, 2021
On CNN's GPS with Fareed Zakaria, APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's aspirations to take Taiwan by force and the United States' role, should a forceful reunification come to pass.
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Balance of Power: Surprise China Missile Test

Commentary / October 19, 2021
APARC Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro shares insights about China's hypersonic missile capabilities, and the implications of further military buildup.
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Protesters participate in a rally oppose a planned visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi near the Chinese Embassy on November 25, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Rise of Anti-Chinese Sentiments in South Korea: Political and Security Implications

Commentary / October 7, 2021
APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin shares insights on rising anti-China sentiments in South Korea and their implications for the upcoming South Korean presidential election.
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USS Key West during during joint Australian-United States military exercises Talisman Sabre 2019 in the Coral Sea.

In Defense of AUKUS

Commentary / October 5, 2021
This is not only about nuclear-powered submarines; it is about a strengthened US commitment to Australia.
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Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean

AUKUS Is Deeper Than Just Submarines

Commentary / September 29, 2021
While the Australia-UK-US security pact shows a seriousness about naval power, the biggest story is the radical integration of leading-edge defense technology and a new approach to alliances, South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore argues.
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[Us and Them] I’m Korean, You’re Not, and There’s a Fine Line You Can’t Cross

Commentary / September 22, 2021
In a new interview with The Korea Herald, Gi-Wook Shin discusses ethnic homogeneity, its nationalist roots, and the limitations to building multicultural identity in South Korea.
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Taiwan island seen from mid-air.

What the U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan Means for Taiwan

Commentary / September 13, 2021
In a New York Times opinion piece, Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro argues that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan does not represent a potential catalyst for an impending Chinese attack on Taiwan.
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