Gabrielle Cheung

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Gabrielle Cheung is a PhD student in the Political Science and International Relations program at the University of Southern California. Her research revolves around international political economy, political behavior, and experimental methodology. Prior to USC, she worked in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong.

Articles by Gabrielle Cheung
Running on Rivalry: Presidential Hopefuls Capitalize on Disputes

With South Korean presidential election scheduled for May 9, the early months of 2017 witnessed not only avid campaigning by candidates, but also a deepening diplomatic conflict between Seoul and Tokyo. In particular, the installation of a “comfort woman” statue facing the Consulate General of Japan in Busan last December perturbed bilateral relations, calling into question the landmark “comfort women” agreement. While the anticipated installations of additional statues by provincial and civic actors risked escalating tensions further, the presidential candidates have made nominal efforts to quell the concerns of Japanese diplomats. As the Blue House prepares to greet its new occupant, prospects for a significant turnaround in bilateral relations remain uncertain.