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  • Originally published 02/22/2018

    What South Korea can learn from Germany

    A. James McAdams

    History suggests the enunciation of a South Korean version of Germany’s “change through rapprochement” could be Washington’s best hope.

  • Originally published 11/29/2016

    Amid Scandal, South Korean Officials Retreat on Controversial Textbook Plan

    The South Korean government indicated on Monday that it was rolling back its plan to require schools to use only state-issued history textbooks, an apparent shift for a signature project of President Park Geun-hye as she faces a corruption scandal and an escalating public backlash.

  • Originally published 11/14/2013

    Ending a Feud Between Allies

    Victor Cha and Karl Friedhoff

    Japan and South Korea's tensions threaten East Asian security.

  • Originally published 07/29/2013

    No peace for Koreas 60 years after war

    Stooped and frail within the ranks of veterans, Lee Duk-bin watches the memorial parades marking 60 years since the end of the Korean war.He was 25 years old when the conflict began, an officer in the South Korean army, who believed passionately in the ideological fight against the communist North....The irony is that Lee Duk-bin is originally North Korean. He came to the South to fight with the UN forces against his own communist government.Sixty years after the fighting ended in a truce, he says it is still too soon for a permanent peace treaty."The very idea of a peace treaty is just North Korean trickery," he said....

  • Originally published 05/09/2013

    S. Korean president urges Japan to face history honestly

    WASHINGTON, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye Wednesday urged Japan to face history honestly for the good of Northeast Asia."Those who are blind to the past cannot see the future," Park said in an address to the U.S. Congress, a day after meeting with President Barack Obama."This is obviously a problem for here and now. But the larger issue is about tomorrow," she said, adding "for where there is failure to acknowledge honestly what happened yesterday, there can be no tomorrow."...

  • Originally published 05/07/2013

    Andrei Lankov: Previewing Park's New North Korea Policy

    Andrei Lankov is a professor of history at Kookmin University in Seoul. His most recent book is The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. Park Geun-hye, the newly elected president of South Korea, has embarked on her first official overseas trip. Predictably enough, her destination is Washington.Of the many issues which are likely to be discussed at President Park’s first summit with President Obama, questions related to North Korea are of special significance. If rumors are to be believed, President Park is going to brief her counterparts in Washington about her new approach to North Korea.

  • Originally published 06/01/2017

    Political Uses of the Past

    Checkered History

    Collecting statements by elected and appointed officials who deploy history and historical comparisons in their speeches, remarks, and arguments.