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Chung-in Moon is a professor of political science at Yonsei University.
The country has resisted diplomacy and endured isolation from the international community for decades and continues to build up its nuclear arsenal.
Northeast Asia is the center of the world's most protracted, and unsuccessful, effort to roll back nuclear proliferation, and the story is far from over.
In January 1997, the South Korean economy was the envy of much of the world. Twelve months later, it lay in ruins. Hoover fellow Jongryn Mo joins Chung-in Moon in explaining what happened.