Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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The Election That Could Reorder South Korea’s Politics

Journal Article

Gi-Wook Shin - Stanford University

Published by
Current History, Vol. 111 no. 746
September 2012

This year is one of elections and leadership changes throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Earlier in 2012, Taiwan reelected President Ma Ying-jeou to a second term. North Korea and
Russia have already seen transfers of power this year; it will be China’s turn in the fall. The United States holds its presidential election in November. And South Korea will elect a president in December. Individually and collectively, these leadership changes hold crucial implications for Northeast Asian nations as well as the United States.

In this article, Gi-Wook Shin explores the possible implications of South Korea's upcoming presidential election.