South Korea

Yuna Kim Has Not Had Plastic Surgery, and Koreans Love Her For It
February 21, 2014

In Seoul, you can order plastic surgery from the back of a cab.

The Fall of the House of Moon

November 12, 2013

Secret sex rituals, foreign spy agencies, Biden family offspring, and the war within the Unification Church's first family

The Weary Kind
April 08, 2013

How Seoul handles Washington and Pyongyang's war games

Who’s Luring Foreign Students and their Export Spending?
November 16, 2012

Earlier this week, the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) released new estimates of the expenditures of international students in the United States during the 2011-2012 academic year. According to the organization, this education spending (which count as exports) totaled about $21.8 billion last year in the 50 U.S.

A Blog Hopes Its New Online Course Will Be More Than Marginal
October 01, 2012

Economist Tyler Cowen's blog, Marginal Revolution, offers an online course in Development Economics.

Sarah Williams Goldhagen on Architecture: Living High

Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. For any number of pundits, policymakers, and scholars, the new next hot thing, in countries developed and developing, is The City—or, more expansively and more precisely, the megalopolis and its little brother, the metropolis.

Department Of Trying Too Hard, Ctd.
March 28, 2012

Mitt Romney declared last month, to some incredulity, that he owns several guns.

North Korea Barred Its Doors to Capitalism. Now It Needs the U.S. to Feed Its People.
March 02, 2012

There is a temptation to think of the two Koreas as twins. But certainly not identical twins. After Japan surrendered to the United States and the Soviet Union in August 1945 (the Soviets had only been in the war for days … really just for days!), battered Tokyo relinquished the peninsula it had seized and brutalized from 1910 onwards. Korea had gone through nearly a half century of both imperialism and colonialism, quite different manifestations of similar instincts, and was left again as a captive nation. With a difference, of course.

What The Rubinites Didn't Get About 2008
February 29, 2012

In his new book, The Escape Artists, my TNR colleague Noam Scheiber makes the interesting argument that one problem with President Obama's economic team was that, in struggling to pull the U.S. economy out of recession, the Rubinites (i.e., Tim Geithner and Larry Summers) were fighting the last war. What the financial crises of the late 1990s taught Geithner, Summers, and other members of Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's economic team, Scheiber argues, was to embrace the Powell doctrine. Just as Colin Powell had argued that the U.S.