President Moon takes office in a time of tension and uncertainty on both sides of the 38th Parallel.
The election of Moon Jae-in as South Korea's president marks the re-emergence of a major player that had been silenced for five crucial months because of the country's political paralysis.
China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman's watered-down statement stands testimony to this.
When Francois Hollande tapped Emmanuel Macron as an aide in his 2012 presidential campaign, little did he know that he was taking advice from his eventual successor.
The investment gold rush that was supposed to follow Iran's nuclear deal with world powers and revitalize the economy has not materialized, leaving many voters disillusioned ahead of Friday's election.
An enormous international sigh of relief has followed the election of comparative moderate Emmanuel Macron as president of France. He has decisively defeated Marine Le Pen of the right-wing National Front.
The actual use of one of the most destructive non-nuclear bombs in Afghanistan, reports of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the disturbing recent discussion on the threat of use of extremely destructive weapons in places such as the Korean peninsula have again focused attention on the extent to which the race for destructive weapons is threatening humanity and all other forms of life on earth.
Calls from the international community for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to play a role in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula could reinvigorate the bloc's ambitions to steer regional security. But ASEAN needs to proceed carefully -- the stakes are high and it has little to gain and much to lose.
"You can't clap with one hand," one of the rapists in the notorious Delhi gang rape case had famously said after being convicted of rape and murder.
Storm clouds are buffeting the coast of Venezuela, the once-rich South American state which is sliding into economic chaos and combustible political confrontation.