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North Korean Refugees in South Korea

Arduous Escape and Difficult Integration

Since the division of states and the subsequent military conflict between North and South Korea, thousands of North Koreans fled their country in view of political repression and economic despair. Their target destination is South Korea. But there, refugees face a difficult integration. Prejudices, cultural differences and a modern life-style cause tensions. more…

Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Ines Apel | International Reports | August 25, 2014

Vade Mecum for Korean Unification

by Prof. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Dr. h.c. Ulrich Blum

Within a very short period of time, communist North Korea could become as politically unstable as East Germany did more than twenty years ago. What does the German experience tell us? more…

December 20, 2013

South Korea on a Journey of Self-Discovery

From „Victim Nationalism“ to Nation Branding

People familiar with Korea are generally aware of the fact that Korean nationalism can present the greatest obstacle to foreigners trying to understand what the Koreans are like. There is clearly a specifically Korean type of nationalism, which has prevailed for a long time. This becomes apparent, for instance, when one contemplates a scene from the Asian crisis at the end of the 1990s. more…

Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Janine Läpple | International Reports | November 13, 2013

"On April 15th, the threats will end"

Head of the KAS-office in Seoul on the Korean crisis

Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in the Republic of Korea, Dr. Norbert Eschborn, believes the Korean conflict could soon reach its end. In addition, the closure of the special economic zone Kaesong has negative consequences for the economy. more…

April 10, 2013

Korean Reunification

Possibility or Pipe Dream?

After 60 years of division, the differences in the lives of people in the North and South of the Korean Peninsula are probably greater than ever, the interests of the people have shifted and the idea of one nation has perhaps become much less important. Considering the substantial differences between North and South Korea in terms of per capita income, it is reasonable to assume that South Korea would have to bear the lion’s share of the costs of reunification and that these costs would be significantly higher than was the case in Germany. more…

Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Young-yoon Kim | International Reports | February 15, 2013