North Korea’s Drama Masks South Korea's Political Complexity
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
MIN READMay 9, 2017 | 14:00 GMT
Residents of Seongju county participate in a protest outside a golf course being used as the site for the recently installed US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in Seongju on March 18, 2017.
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South Korea is emerging from an intensified period of political uncertainty, culminating in the May 9 early election to replace Park. Though the circumstances around the election may be unique, South Korea is just one of many modern democracies facing significant social and political upheaval. The challenges of social change stemming from globalization, an aging society, and rising youth unemployment, are ones South Korea shares with many developed Western nations. But while South Korea may be a major East Asian economy known for its technology and automobile exports, it is still struggling to overcome a tumultuous political history. ...