Korea (South)


Peers not partners? Towards a deeper Australia-Korea partnership

This publication is a recommendations and outcomes report from a policy dialogue hosted jointly with the Perth USAsia Centre and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in May 2021.

Hydrogen futures: summary report

To explore pathways to creating a hydrogen economy, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) recently joined forces with the prestigious National Academy of Engineering Korea (NAEK), bringing experts from both nations together for a one-day ‘Hydrogen Futures’ workshop in March 2020. This report...

Culture vision 2030 - culture with people

'Culture Vision 2030' is still an open, ongoing strategy in Korea. It is based on three values and directions followed by action plans. This strategy shows that the national cultural vision values people's lives, safety, freedom and happiness in life, it emphasizes the equality of...

Trump, Kim and the North Korean nuclear missile melodrama

Now that North Korea has finally reached the threshold of a nuclear missile capability to directly threaten the US mainland, its scripted brand of hyperbole and brinksmanship is encountering a different sort of melodrama - the political theatre of Donald Trump.

Shifts in ROK approaches to the DPRK under President Moon

This paper examines the extent of change in South Korea’s approach to the DPRK under President Moon across five realms of North Korea policy.

Australia and the Korean Crisis: confronting the limits of influence?

This paper argues that the apparent optimism surrounding the ‘season of summitry’ on the Korean Peninsula should be tempered by the fact that there are potential risks attached to engaging the North Korean leadership without preconditions

Pecuniary penalties for competition law infringements in Australia 2018

This report compares Australia's pecuniary sanctions regime for competition law infringements to that of a number of other major OECD jurisdictions.

Sharpening the sword of state: building executive capacities in the public services of the Asia-Pacific

Governments around the world invest considerable resources in enhancing the capabilities of their civil service administrations with the intention of improving the quality and e ectiveness of public administration.

The South China Sea: middle power perspectives

Overview In this paper, six experts examine the South China Sea issue, and what role middle powers can play in helping ensure that the contest over disputed territory does not lead to conflict. Brendan Taylor and William Tow examine Australian debates, arguing that Australian policymakers...

Translating research for economic and social benefit: country comparisons

This report makes evidence-based findings about how current levels of translation, commercialisation and collaboration in Australia could be improved and examines how international models could be applied in Australia.

Peers and partners: how Australia compares on climate policy

Executive Summary This briefing paper compares what the Australian government is doing on climate change with the countries most relevant and important to Australia: allies and trading partners. The paper looks at China, the UK, South Korea, and the US. Examining what peers and partners...

Using large-scale assessments of students' learning to inform education policy

This paper presents results from a systematic review of 68 studies that examined the link between participation in large-scale assessment programs of students’ learning and education policy in 32 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Unlocking the Japan-ROK relationship: the key is national identity

In 2015 the relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) seems at near rock-bottom. This presents fundamental challenges to the US rebalance strategy and threatens to undermine the security and stability US allies rely on. This new paper by two of America’s leading...

Domestic content policies in the broadband age: a four country analysis

Broadcasters in a number of nations and regions operate under content regulatory schemes designed to serve cultural and economic purposes. Most of these policies were put into place during the age of terrestrial broadcasting in which national policymakers could tightly control the availability of content...

Nuclear latency and the future strategic environment

This paper examines the issue of nuclear latency (the potential for countries to obtain nuclear weapons capability) by focusing on the cases of the Republic of Korea and Japan, then looks at what Australia should do. Overview Since the 1946 ‘Report on the International Control...

The economic consequences of divorce in six OECD countries

This report presents a cross-national comparison of the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce. Overview This paper uses longitudinal data to estimate the short- and medium-term economic effects of divorce in the USA, the UK, Switzerland, Korea, Germany and Australia during the first decade...
Discussion paper

University research: policy considerations to drive Australia’s competitiveness

Universities are integral to Australia’s research effort and provide the foundation of skills and knowledge required for the nation’s long-term success. Research and innovation have been consistently identified as essential ingredients for improving productivity and quality of life.

Manufacturing partners: Japan-South Korea security cooperation and Australia's potential role

This paper identifies how Australia fits into Japan–South Korea cooperation, the merits and pitfalls of trilateral security cooperation, and whether it’s in Australia’s interests to pursue such an initiative. Summary In Asia, Australia has no closer strategic and ideological partners than Japan and South Korea...

NSW trade with South Korea: outcomes for exporters from the KAFTA

Examining the current extent of trade between South Korea and Australia (specifically New South Wales), this paper argues that there is likely to be significant value from the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA), particularly for agricultural exporters. Introduction The Republic of Korea (South Korea) is...
Conference paper

Enabling Sustainable Broadband Adoption in Rural Areas: A Case Study of Information Network Villages in South Korea

This study examines South Korea's Information Network Village (INVIL) project as an exemplary policy of sustainable broadband adoption in rural areas.

A new style, a new era: Australia and the South Korean success story

When a music video produced by a locally familiar but internationally obscure figure from Gangnam, Seoul, becomes a global craze – now the most-watched YouTube video in history with more than 800 million views – this tells us something about the modern South Korea. ‘Gangnam...

Catching up: learning from the best school systems in East Asia

Today’s centre of high performance in school education is East Asia. Four of the world's five highest-performing systems are Hong Kong, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore, according to OECD’s 2009 PISA assessments of students. In Shanghai, the average 15-year old mathematics student is performing at a...

South Korea and the East Asia Summit: collective identity, balance of power or domestic politics?

This paper addresses the question of whether the addition of the three new members represents the evolution of a regional collective identity, a calculated move to maximise advantage in the balance of power, or the will of domestic constituencies within existing member states.