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Political Dimensions to Business

Buying Time, Mocking Conventions

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

July 6, 2009

 

Abstract

Pyongyang’s defiance might force other nations to adopt policies more suitable for the multipolar hegemony of the 21st century.

 

 

Understanding the Korea-US Alliance

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

April 6 & 13, 2009

 

Abstract

A review of the accumulated myths about the US-S Korean relationship with an attempt to try to set the record straight.

 

 

Not quite a success, nor a failure

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

April 7, 2009

 

Abstract

The failure to put a satellite in orbit did not result in debris falling on Japan, sparing the world a lot of diplomatic drama.

 

 

Lessons from the 'Lost Decade'

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

March 23, 2009

 

Abstract

With declining permanent employment opportunities, Japan witnessed the displacement and alienation of a whole generation of young people. Korea and other developed economies may learn this and a few other lessons from Japan.

 

 

Surmounting Stalemates

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

March 9, 2009

 

Abstract

The six party talks to negotiate N Korea's relinquishing of nuclear weapons is a waste of time, given Pyongyang's paranoia for survival.  Better to move on and see if a comprehensive peace treaty may be possible, including recognition of S Korea.  If not, a new order for dealing with N Korea's isolation may be inevitable.

 

 

What Can Korea Learn from Wall Street's Folly?

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

October 9, 2008

 

Abstract

The American economy is facing a crisis that has its origins in the Seven Sharks of existing conditions, many of whom are present in Korea.  The divisive nature of American red-blue politics calls out for the need for moderation.  How well America it handles this problem will have a major impact on its future relations with Korea.

 

 

What Lessons Can Business Draw from the Mad Cow Demonstration?

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

July 4, 2008

 

Abstract

Public relations is becoming increasingly critical and complicated as young Koreans rely increasingly on non-traditional sources of information - often making noncritical judgments based on rumors and falsehoods found on the Internet and in SMS messages.  Businesses need to take preemptive measures as well understand what to do should their company names become used by radical political activists.

 

 

How Risky Is It to Invest in Korea?

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Feb. 15, 2008

 

Abstract

A concise assessment of the political risks pertaining to implosion of North Korea and the impact of ultra-nationalism on business in South Korea.

 

 

Business Challenges for Lee Myung-Bak

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Jan. 19, 2008

 

Abstract

Avocation for the removal Special Economic Zones and the urgent need to reform Korea's educational system for Korean international business competitiveness.

 

 

Shall We Make That Perfectly Clear?

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Dec. 14, 2007

 

Abstract

Corruption, non-compliance and lack of transparency makes doing business in Korea less than being perfectly clear. Here are some of the reasons and and idealistic suggestion on what needs to be done.

 

 

US-ROK FTA – A Lost Cause in the Making?

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Dec. 6, 2006

 

Abstract

UAs mutually beneficial an FTA may be for the US and Korea, political developments in both nations may make it difficult to be realized.

 

 

Why Are Koreans So Against Japanese?

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

July 12, 2006

 

Abstract

A brief history lesson helps foreign investors do business: a snapshot of the historical background for much of the anti-Japanese feelings.

 

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