The Korean Political Economy is a research-based digital publication, aimed at providing insight and forethought into the dynamism of East Asia, from the perspective of South Korea. Located in Busan, KPE focuses on issues of trade, development, and foreign policy, in order to evaluate opportunity and risk within the Korean economy.
South Korea is one of the most prominent post-colonial economic development models of the 21st century. After being liberated from Japan at the end of the Second World War, the country went on to established itself as a leading development state and democratic power in the Asia Pacific. Today, South Korea is the most industrialized OECD nation in the world, and internationally renowned for its expertise in shipping, manufacturing, and scientific innovation. In turn, the country's role as a global middle-power has enabled it to become one of the most dynamic and influential trading nations in the world, located at the crest of globalization in Asia.