Presidential Election in South Korea and Inter-Korean Relations

Issue & Policy Briefs February 8, 2012, No. 86

The post-Kim Jong Il situation on the Korean Peninsula remains tense. This year will be a critical year for the peninsula. Will the new North Korean leadership be successfully stabilized or not? The upcoming presidential election in South Korea will have a great impact on the security situation on the peninsula. The next 12 months are likely to be a transition period opening up a new era of inter-Korean relations.