Our panel offer an early analysis of election results in South Korea, assess the winning candidate Moon Jae-in’s campaign and what this will mean for South Korea going forward.

Dr Tat Yan Kong, Reader, School of Oriental and Asian Studies (SOAS); Co-Director, London Asia Pacific Centre for Social Science
Mark Tokola, Vice President, Korea Economic Institute
Dr Hazel Smith, Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Chair: Dr John Nilsson Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House 

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Overview

Following the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, South Korea underwent a snap election on 9 May. This came at a time of great volatility and strategic uncertainty on the Korean peninsula: North Korea has been actively testing and developing its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the US has been increasing its military presence in the region raising the possibility of preemptive military action, China has unusually warned North Korea of the risk of tougher bilateral economic pressures on Pyongyang, and UN sanctions on North Korea are under review. Our panel offer an early analysis of election results in South Korea, assess the winning candidate Moon Jae-in’s campaign and what this will mean for South Korea going forward.

More information at Post-Election Political and Security Dynamics on the Korean Peninsula