Is a Changing of the Guard in South Korea the Key to Peace?

The election of President Moon Jae-in’s political rival could mean a faster resolution with North Korea and stronger free trade relationships.

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Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn at a Public Address. December 9. 2016. (photo: Republic of Korea)

Liberty Korea Party Elects New Leader

When Ex-Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn was elected Liberty Korea Party chief in February 2019, conservatives in South Korea celebrated. The man who steered the party through a crisis of leadership in 2017 was returning again to the political fray.

South Korean Liberals Approve of Donald Trump

On the other side if the aisle, members of current South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s party, in a bizarre turn of events, love Trump’s approach to North Korea, giving Trump an unexpected fan base: South Korean liberals.

Waning Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is facing a whole host of new problems at home starting with the political fallout from the sudden collapse of the recent summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un.

Liberty Korea Party Rising

Meanwhile, Hwang Kyo-ahn may be the leader whose time has finally come. Many conservatives are looking to him to reunite a movement divided by scandal and controversy.

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Vice President Mike Pence departs the Blue House “Cheongwadae” in Seoul, South Korea, following a working luncheon with Acting Republic of Korea President Hwang Kyo-ahn, Monday, April 17, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Myles Cullen)
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn before their bilateral meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on March 17, 2017. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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