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Where will South Korea’s new president lead the country?

Incoming president Yoon Suk-yeol, a conservative candidate with an unconventional background, has big challenges ahead.

South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol takes office on Tuesday 10th May. Emily Tamkin speaks to Ramon Pacheco Pardo, a professor at Kings College London and author of Shrimp to Wale: South Korea from the Forgotten War to K-Pop, about the challenges facing this political outsider.

They discuss relations with North Korea after Kim Jong Un conducted another weapons test ahead of his inauguration, his promise to take a more combative stance against China, and how far his appeal to the “anti-feminist” movement during his election campaign will translate to policy.

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Further reading:

South Korea’s new president weaponises anti-feminism to win election.

The forgotten nuclear threat of North Korea.

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