China makes its weight felt on the Korean peninsula. It is the largest trade partner of both Korean states and seen as the linchpin in the international disputes surrounding North Korea. We spoke to Bonnie S. Glaser of CSIS about China’s foreign policy under Xi Jingping, its growing assertiveness and its changing stance on North Korea.
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South Korea is one of the world’s largest market for video games and famous for its competitive players. A core element of the country’s gaming culture are the so-called PC Bang: ubiquitous and cheap internet cafés with a focus on competitive online gaming. We spoke to Jun-Sok Huhh about their history, workings and culture.
Advertisement in South Korea might seem no different from what can be seen in many other countries. At the same time, the country’s political, economic and social history has shaped it. We met with Professor Olga Fedorenko to learn more about its unique features and the role it plays in South Korea’s public discourse.
While Europe experienced the Middle Ages and the Crusades, the Korean peninsula was ruled by the Koryo dynasty, from 918 to 1392 AD. To learn more about the period and its heritage, we spoke to Professor Remco Breuker about its political system and society as well as the period’s pluralistic nature.