South Korea is often heralded as the most successful post-colonial society in the world. And yet, much of its economic success can be attributed to a long tradition of authoritarianism during the latter half of the 20th century. Today, however, South Korea stands as a democratic symbol at the vanguard of trade and innovation. Which is why to understand the potentiality of economic convergence or global capitalism, is to know the story of the Miracle on the Han River.
Northeast Asia is one of the greatest engines for commerce in the global economy, yet it is also a region renowned for political risk. Today, it remains one of the least regionally integrated areas in the world; where international cooperation is virtually non-existent, and glocal trade the subject of extreme controversy. So why does Northeast Asia fear regional integration so much? – History.