[Рец. на:] Константин Асмолов. Корейская политическая культура: традиции и трансформации. М.: Университет Дмитрия Пожарского, 2017. 697 с. ISBN 978-5-91244-217-9.
North and South Korea are still at odds and there are periodic armed incidents between them. At the same time, officials of both states publicly espoused the idea of the reunification of Korea that represents one of the key objectives. The de facto nuclear status of the DPRK and its continuing missile and nuclear tests, the US’s deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system in the Republic of Korea draw attention to the international political processes on the Korean peninsula and the prospects for the unification of the Korean states. The article analyzes the possibilities and limitations of the unification of the Korean states as well as the factors that influence the normalization of inter-Korean relations. The objective of the work is to identify the conditions of the settlement of inter-Korean relations and the prospects for the reunification of North and South Korea. The methodology embraces theoretical methods, observation, historical-comparative method and political expertise. As a result of the research, the author concluded that the reunification of the two Korean states is unlikely in the short and medium term. The prerequisite for a possible future unification is the creation of necessary conditions for this. They include the normalization of the relations between the DPRK and the ROK and the development of mutually beneficial cooperation between them. The fulfillment of these conditions requires the recognition of each other's right to exist and the refusal to try to change each other's political system. The normalization of inter-Korean relations is possible in the context of solving security problems in Northeast Asia on a multilateral basis as well as by taking into account the interests of the countries concerned and coordinating their actions.
The materials of the collection touch upon the problems of history, economics, culture, philology and politics of the countries of the Korean Peninsula. Designed for professionals interested in the problems of South and North Korea, students, graduate students and a wide range of readers.
Minjung misul " the people's art" existed in the Republic of Korea in the 1970-1980's, artists criticized the authorities and revealed sores of the existing regime and society. They fought for democratic freedom, along with thousands participated in demonstrations. In the 1990s most artists have left the idea of fighting. However, since the presidency of Lee Myung-bak, and especially after Park Geun-hye decided to run for president, political art found new life. Lee Ha is one of the most active political artists today. His works attract more and more public attention. Lee Ha put up on the streets of Seoul posters and dropped leaflets with the imageof ParkGeun-hye,LeeMyung bak and other politicians.Duringperformancesartist was arrested by the police, and after was charged.
Thus, the political art in the Republic of Korea continues to exist and is taking new
forms. This study examined Lee Ha’s art and answered the question, what Korean political art is like today and how Korean society reacts to it.
The article examines the role of Japan in the settlement of the situation on the Korean peninsula. The serious aggravation of relations between the United States and the DPRK in 2017 unexpectedly ended with the first ever US-North Korean summit in Singapore. The results of the summit are assessed ambiguously, but the very fact of direct contact between the leaders of the United States and the DPRK contributed to strengthening confidence between countries and easing tensions on the Korean peninsula. Remarkably, the change in rhetoric of Tokyo, which traditionally adheres to a rigid line with regard to the DPRK and considers maximum pressure the only way to achieve a result in relations with the North Korean regime. The question of the destruction of DPRK medium and short-range missiles that can hit targets on the territory of the country is of exceptional importance for Japan's national security. The rapid development of the situation, the unpredictable policy of US President D.Trump aroused Tokyo's fears that Washington could make a deal with the DPRK, allowing to preserve medium-range missiles in exchange for refusing to develop long-range ballistic missiles. In such circumstances, it would be very reckless to rely only on promises from its overseas ally. Therefore, on the eve of the meeting in Singapore, Prime Minister S.Abe expressed his desire to hold a summit meeting between Japan and the DPRK. The problem of normalization of relations with the DPRK will allow S.Abe not only to remove the threat to the national security of Japan, but also to strengthen the internal political positions, shaken in connection with corruption.
This essay gives an overview of major trends in gender equality practices in South Korean school education focusing on issues such as school curriculum, school activities, environment, and textbooks. This study examines what are the gender values and attitudes transmitting by schools in South Korea from the point of the critical theory approach. Critical perspective concerns not just explicit curriculum and textbook content (gender equality classes, gender equality issues in textbooks), but implicit issues such as teachers’ gender equality awareness, gender roles differentiation in school practices, textbook content (sexist language or images, story narrating , etc.).
The chapter focuses upon relations between Russia and the Republic of Korea amid the anti-Russian economic sanctions.