Will the South Korean success story continue?

The Seoul skyline at night
Seoul’s vibrant skyline is a symbol of the country’s speedy progress to become one of the richest countries in the world. It has done so despite tremendous adversity (source: dpa)
  • South Korea has had enormous success over the past 50 years
  • The current crisis threatens to devastate the Korean Peninsula
  • Tensions will continue, but a solution is possible
  • South Korea will be the biggest beneficiary of a sustainable peace

In the span of a few decades, South Korea rose from the devastation of World War II and the Korean War to join the ranks of the Organisation of Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD). Politically, the Republic of Korea transformed from a military dictatorship into a lively and fully-functioning democracy. All of this was achieved under very difficult circumstances, with the shadow of war constantly looming over the Korean Peninsula. But with old and new threats looming, how long can South Korea’s success story continue?

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