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Elliot M. Cho

M.A. Candidate (Political Science), Carleton University, Ottawa

I am a graduate student studying Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa. I have previously served as Junior Research Fellow at NATO Association of Canada. I have a special interest in geopolitics in Eastern Europe and East Asia.
Moon Jae-in's Election Is South Korea's Victory Over Greed And

Moon Jae-in's Election Is South Korea's Victory Over Greed And Nostalgia

For the first time in decade, South Koreans voted for humanity, not for greed or nostalgia. Like millions of Candlelight protesters, Moon Jae-in is one of the few candidates who have remained on the side of humanity. As a student, he was jailed for protesting against Park Jung-hee's dictatorship.
05/11/2017 05:50 EDT
Canada Still Has Much To Learn From The United

Canada Still Has Much To Learn From The United States

Nothing is more dangerous than the efforts to make ourselves feel good about being Canadians by telling us that we are all good and free from the toxicity of U.S. politics. We keep telling ourselves that the incidents where we portrayed our distrust and hate towards each other are all isolated incidents, carried out by the misfits. They don't represent who we are. We are nice people. We need to wake up.
02/02/2017 06:34 EST
South Korea's 'Candlelight Revolution'

South Korea's 'Candlelight Revolution' Matters

Koreans had more than enough reason to go out to the streets. They are tired of insecurity and hardship. Opposition parties were often too busy fighting each other. Economy has worsen under Park Geun-hye. College students are overburdened with debt, and have little hope for finding a stable employment after graduation.
12/13/2016 08:06 EST
I Know Why Rural Americans Voted For Donald

I Know Why Rural Americans Voted For Donald Trump

Let's face it: Trump enjoyed huge support from American rural communities. Regardless of what Canadians from rural communities think of themselves, my experience tells me that they are not much different from their American counterparts. Same music, same wheels, same worldview.
11/09/2016 11:12 EST
Ukraine's Conflict Hits Close To Home For Me, A

Ukraine's Conflict Hits Close To Home For Me, A Korean-Canadian

As a Korean, I could find many parallels between Korea and Ukraine. Both had suffered Mongol invasion, imperialism, fascism and communism in the past. In recent years, both have been struggling with corruption and the kleptocracy. Ukrainians' hope and aspirations in life are not much different than mine.
11/03/2016 12:10 EDT
The Deterioration Of Democracy In East Asia Threatens Human

The Deterioration Of Democracy In East Asia Threatens Human Rights

Once a bastion of democracy in East Asia, which was successfully restored after almost 40 years of authoritarian rule, South Korea has now become the deathbed for democracy. Since 2011, Freedom House has rated the freedom of the press in South Korea as only being "partly free."
10/06/2016 01:28 EDT