The Sewol ferry disaster in April raised public awareness of the importance of reforming the civil service. A key element in the reforms is shutting down the system of revolving-door appointments, in which retired civil servants move to private-sector jobs related to their previous duties.
The challenge to governments and people of the Middle East and North Africa by the Islamic State (IS) has to be met effectively. To succeed, United States leaders above all must be realistic as well as determined.
Newspaper headlines almost always interest, even fascinate me. Forgive me, then, for asking readers today (you, my friends) to take a little quiz at the beginning about a couple headlines. This is an easy quiz, and nothing to worry about.
The government has announced a drastic increase in cigarette prices to fight cigarette smoking, which is a serious problem in Korea. The announcement included nonprice-related antismoking programs like tougher packaging rules and restrictions on advertisements of tobacco products at retail shops.
Speaking in the somber shadow of the September 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America in 2001, U.S. President Barack Obama sought to stake out an ambitious military and political strategy to degrade and defeat the new surge of Middle Eastern terrorism now sweeping Iraq and Syria.
As the 18th Saarc Summit is around the corner, the government is busy sweeping up the streets of Katmandu and planting flowers alongside.
Korea has seen its exports to China, its largest trading partner, falling this year, even as its overall shipments abroad continue to grow. This trend is worrisome for Korea, which relies on the world's most populous nation for nearly 30 percent of its exports.
The dichotomy between perception and reality appears more pronounced when one starts assessing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his performance in the first 100 days of his government.
China is warning Britain in no uncertain terms not to stick its nose into Hong Kong affairs, despite the fact that the two countries co-signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 and registered it with the United Nations as an international treaty whose terms will last until 2047.
On February 2011, the Supreme Court in Nepal handed down a landmark decision to the Dolakha District Administration Office (DAO) to provide Nepali citizenship to one Suntali Dhami on the basis of descent from her mother, who held a Nepali citizenship.