New Leadership in South Korea, U.S. at a Critical Point

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On May 9, Moon Jae-in was elected as the new President of South Korea after six months of political turmoil and a power vacuum caused by Park Geun-hye’s impeachment scandal. This is a return of nationalistic and progressive leadership after the past two conservative administrations, and Moon’s landslide victory indicates how strongly the Korean electorate desired a total reform of the country.

Moon’s political career cannot be explained without mentioning Roh Moo-hyun, the liberal President who ranked the highest in terms of favorability (not approval rating) among Korean presidents. As is widely known, Moon served as the last chief of staff to then-President, and his old friend, Roh Moo-hyun.

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