Korea: Towards the Endgame

To say that Korea is entering a period of change may seem a truism. In a nation which in under a century moved from hermit kingdom feudalism to world leader in broadband, taking in harsh Japanese colonial rule and full industrial revolution along the way, change has been constant.

The World Today Published 1 December 2002 Updated 23 October 2020 4 minute READ

Aidan Foster-Carter

Honorary Senior Research Fellow in sociology and modern Korea, Leeds University

And yet the pace is heating up. South Korea’s next president, to be elected on the nineteenth of this month, may have to cope with radical change in a North Korea that looks ever less viable, and whose recent confession of a new nuclear programme has ratcheted up risk at an ominous moment.

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