Posts By Edward Reed

In The News

In the Rocket’s Shadow: South Korea Reacts

April 8, 2009

Notwithstanding media images of demonstrators in Seoul angrily denouncing North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket, the reaction among the general public in South Korea has been generally calm. The demonstrators in Seoul numbered in the hundreds (in a country where ten thousand is a modest turnout) and mostly represented small far-right groups. This is […]

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Korea and The Asia Foundation: Partners for Development Effectiveness

February 11, 2009

After rapidly rising from poverty to the ranks of advanced industrial economies, Korea is now committed to becoming an important contributor to the economic development and stability of the less developed countries of the world. In January, the Korean government submitted its formal application for membership in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the group of […]

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Traveling North in Korea

October 1, 2008

As Christopher Hill traveled north from Seoul this week to try to rescue the snarled nuclear agreement with North Korea, another notable journey was taking place from Bongha, a village in the far south of Korea, up to Seoul. Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun made his first return trip to the South Korean capital […]

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Music Diplomacy Opens Window of Opportunity: The New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang

February 27, 2008

The next best thing to being in the music hall in Pyongyang for the performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra was watching the performance with the hard-nosed members of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club in downtown Seoul, a little over one hundred miles to the south. After watching the live broadcast of the performance […]

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The Face at the Window: A Glimpse Into North Korea

February 13, 2008

Standing almost with his nose against the glass, he was smiling broadly and waving his open hand slowly back and forth as our bus full of South Korean tourists passed in front of his ground-level apartment building. What was this elderly citizen of Kaesong City in North Korea saying to us? Throughout our one-day visit […]

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In South Korea: “This is What Democracy Looks Like!”

August 22, 2007

“This is what democracy looks like!” The cry of street demonstrators has been brought to life in the presidential primary just concluded in South Korea. South Korea’s conservative party, the Grand National Party (GNP — or Hannara-dang, in Korean), has selected the former Mayor of Seoul, Lee Myung-bak, to be its standard bearer in the […]

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In South Korea: Has Nuclear North Korea Slipped Off the Agenda?

January 29, 2007

On January 23, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun delivered a live televised New Year’s address to the nation. In that one-and-a-half hour speech, he discussed in detail the domestic economic challenges facing the country and his government’s policies to address them. He also chided the political opposition and the media for obstructing his search for […]

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