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Unravelling the Intentions Behind the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea

By Maria Rosaria Coduti Intern at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP) North Korea seems to be one of the main actors on the political stage of the Northeast Asian region in 2016. In reality, Pyongyang has strongly signaled its presence to the outside world since last summer. After a “hot” August with increased military tensions on the Korean peninsula, in October the regime not only started to request the signing of a peace treaty with the U.S., but also announced that in May the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) will be convened. If the 4th nuclear test and the missile test of January and February 2016 are added to the picture, it is possible to think of

The Power of Cultural Heritage and the Reunification of Korea

Choi Jae Duk Researcher Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies Typically, traditional Korean culture brings to mind beauty and excitement, wisdom from ancestors, protected national treasures, and other such artifacts that point back to the roots of the Korean people. In the busy lives of contemporary Koreans, traditional Korean culture has also taken on the symbolic representation of rest and reprieve from their fast-paced realities. All of these representations ring true to Korean culture in their own ways. However, the question that remains now is whether traditional Korean culture can transcend these simple reflections of what Korean culture is to what kinds of significant roles it may

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