Timothy S. Rich

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Timothy S. Rich is an assistant professor in political science at Western Kentucky University. His main research focuses on the impact of electoral reforms in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan compared to similar legislative systems. His broader research interests include electoral politics, domestic and international politics of East Asia, and qualitative and quantitative methods.

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2020/06/08 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: South Koreans Oppose a More Open Refugee Policy

A study of South Korean attitudes towards refugees shows general opposition to a more open approach. Welcoming non-Korean and Muslim refugees receives lower support than welcoming North Korean refugees.

2019/07/05 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea Lags Behind Taiwan on LGBT Rights

South Korea is unlikely to be the next in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

2018/11/26 | Timothy S. Rich

OPINION: Failure of Olympic Name Poll Shows Taiwanese Voters' Pragmatism

The emphasis on the tangible costs of abandoning the 'Chinese Taipei' Olympic name appears to have won over voters unable to identify the benefits of trying to compete as 'Taiwan'.

2018/04/02 | Timothy S. Rich

OPINION: Think Twice Before Backing a Referendum on Taiwan's Constitution

The benefits of a referendum proposed by the Island of Joy and Happiness Coalition calling for a new Taiwan constitution remain unclear.

2018/03/14 | Timothy S. Rich

OPINION: Taiwan's Diplomatic Isolation Is Exaggerated

Losing diplomatic partners does not hamper Taiwan's ability to interact internationally and may in fact just save some aid dollars.

2017/05/12 | Timothy S. Rich

Towards Engagement with North Korea: Implications of the South Korean Presidential Election

The new South Korean President’s interest in engagement with North Korea may aid in improving relations with China, providing greater means to entice North Korea with both carrots and sticks, argues Timothy Rich.

2017/03/10 | Timothy S. Rich

Park’s Impeachment to be Felt Far and Wide

The impact of Park’s impeachment will likely last beyond this election cycle.

2017/03/01 | Timothy S. Rich

China-North Korea Relations: Pitfalls and Possibilities

'An economically more secure North Korea has more to lose through a brinkmanship policy and may feel more willing to return to the Six Party Talks framework.'

2017/01/31 | Timothy S. Rich

Does President Tsai Deserve Declining Approval Ratings?

Taking stock of the DPP a year after it swept through the general election in Taiwan.

2017/01/31 | Timothy S. Rich

Has Park Geun-Hye's Downfall Changed the Game for Women in Korea?

What does Park Geun-Hye’s impeachment mean for female politicians in Korea?

2016/06/02 | Timothy S. Rich

North Korea’s Brinkmanship Isn’t Irrational

Rather than focusing on the idiosyncrasies of the North Korean regime or ignoring patterns of behavior, greater attention should be placed on efforts to enhance North Korea’s own sense of stability.

2016/05/30 | Timothy S. Rich

For Ban Ki-moon, Is There Life After the U.N.?

After he steps down as U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon could be a frontrunner for the presidency in South Korea. But some issues will have to be resolved first.