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The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison (Part 1 of 2)

The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison (Part 1 of 2)

Germany’s unification in 1990 has remained a popular model for future Korean unification, with its precedents on issues like the transfer of legal systems and technical standards, requirements for infrastructure investment, unification costs and social aspects. A closer look, however, reveals that the differences between Germany and Korea far [...]

Don Oberdorfer: History’s Gracious Scribe

Don Oberdorfer: History’s Gracious Scribe

During his long career as a journalist, Don Oberdorfer, who died July 23, 2015, not far into his 85th year, wrote a lot of newspaper articles. He interviewed countless sources, many of which were or became central figures in the events that shaped history. He traveled, he observed, he listened, and in many cases he was on the scene when key events [...]

A Little Dance Music

A Little Dance Music

While initial reaction to Kim Jong Un’s relatively positive remarks about inter-Korean dialogue in his New Year’s address has been mixed, Seoul has apparently decided to return the volley. In her January 6, 2014 news conference, President Park Geun-hye “welcomed” Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech, and said a summit meeting with Kim could [...]

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