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Yong Kwon

Yong Kwon

Yong Kwon is the Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). Follow him on Twitter @ykwon88.

Yong Kwon joined KEI as the Director of Communications in September 2018.

He came to KEI from the consulting firm The Asia Group, where he supported U.S. companies operating in East Asia. In addition to providing briefings on the political dynamics shaping the business environment, he assisted clients with their market entry and expansion campaigns. As part of this effort, he helped prepare a Houston-based energy company for off-take discussions with three of the largest players in South Korea’s petrochemical industry. He also helped a trade group research and develop a messaging campaign around the need for greater transparency and investment in Korea’s public healthcare sector.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Yong worked as a politics and business commentator. In addition to covering South Korea’s foreign policy for Asia Times Online, Yong served as the inaugural columnist for The Diplomat Magazine’s page on the Korean Peninsula.

Yong holds a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics where he focused on South Korea’s financial policies during the 1970s. He holds a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Posts by Yong Kwon
February 11, 2022

Learning From South Korea’s Fight Against Inflation

By Yong Kwon
One lesson from South Korea’s battle against runaway inflation in the 1980s: The importance of public communication.

February 05, 2022

Small Firms Will Determine South Korea’s Economic Future

By Yong Kwon
The chaebol spearheaded the country’s rapid industrialization, but it’s SMEs that will keep South Korea’s economy driving forward in the digital era.
January 15, 2022

South Korea’s Local Governments Rise to the Occasion

By Yong Kwon
Local governments are pursuing unorthodox policy responses – from universal basic income to a government-backed food delivery app – to national challenges.

December 06, 2021

The Long Shadow of the Asian Financial Crisis in South Korea

By Yong Kwon
Seoul’s approach to pandemic relief is colored by the formative experience of the 1997-98 crisis.

October 01, 2021

South Korea: Picking Winners and Losers in the Information Age

By Yong Kwon
Seoul’s preference to cater to established firms over smaller start-ups – or the workers themselves – will have long-term consequences.

August 27, 2021

The Real Cause of Seoul’s Real Estate Bubble: Economic Anxiety

By Yong Kwon
Soaring real estate prices are deeply connected to structural issues with the South Korean economy.
July 29, 2021

South Korea’s Struggle With the Politics of Inclusion

By Yong Kwon
The obvious path out of South Korea’s demographic crisis is encouraging more immigrants and women to join the workforce. What’s standing in the way?

September 05, 2014

Are South Korea’s Best Days Behind Her?

By Yong Kwon
With South Korea's global competitiveness declining, its leaders struggle to turn things around.

August 31, 2014

Forget Sanctions: 3 Things Ailing North Korea

By Yong Kwon
North Korea may be impervious to sanctions, but not from climate change, Asia's economy and self-inflicted wounds

August 29, 2014

Forgetting the Lessons of the Asian Financial Crisis

By Yong Kwon
The disgraced former head of Daewoo Group is trying to rewrite the history of the Asian Financial Crisis.

August 29, 2014

The Uncertain Future of Liberalism in South Korea

By Yong Kwon
The Diplomat‘s Yong Kwon speaks to SinoNK's Steven Denney on the liberal movement in South Korean politics.
August 24, 2014

South Korean Steel and the Trans-Pacific Tariff War

By Yong Kwon
America's tariffs against South Korean steel are indicative are larger problems plaguing Asia's economies.

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