The Open Society and its Enemies in South Korea: From Right Authoritarianism — to Left?

American Enterprise Institute

AEI, Auditorium, 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036

December 11, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The North Korean nuclear crisis and the US–Republic of Korea (ROK) military alliance dominate international coverage of the Korean Peninsula, but what about South Korea itself? South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s administration has reportedly clamped down on media outlets, restricted freedom of speech, and encouraged partisanship in the judiciary and civil service.

Is the ROK government on a path to limit freedoms in the South? Or is this all just politics as usual in a democracy with different rules from our own? Join AEI for a discussion on the domestic politics of South Korea and their implications for the ROK, the US, and North Korea.

If you are unable to attend, the event will be broadcast live. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.

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Jean Lee is is a Pulitzer-nominated veteran foreign correspondent and expert on North Korea. She is Director of the Wilson Center's Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. 

Tara O is an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum Center for Security and International Studies (CSIS) and a member of the board of directors of International Council on Korean Studies.

Joshua Stanton runs a blog, One Free Korea​​​​​​.​

Sung-Yoon Lee is a Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies and Assistant Professor at Tufts University.

Nicholas Eberstadt (Moderator) is the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researches and writes extensively on demographics and economic development generally, and more specifically on international security in the Korean peninsula and Asia.


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