CSDS-Asia Matters Podcast: Close and nasty: South Korea’s divisive election

This time, we look at the recent incredibly close presidential election in South Korea. After a bruising and sometimes nasty campaign, conservative candidate Yoon Suk-yeol won out and will take office in May.

We asked our excellent panel of guests what his win tells us about the state of politics in South Korea, and what Yoon’s foreign policy might look like. We talk about the fierce debate around gender equality during the campaign and Yoon’s appeal to young, male voters, as well as the impact of the country’s fast-rising house prices.

We also discussed how Yoon might respond to North Korea’s increased aggression recently and his approach to the war in Ukraine; how he will manage the country’s relationship with the U.S. and China, and whether South Korea’s place in world affairs matches its economic prowess.

Our panel includes: Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Korea chair at CSDS; Tim Martin, the Seoul bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal; and Yoonjung Seo, a producer in CNN’s Seoul bureau.