Timothy S. Rich

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Timothy S. Rich is an associate professor of political science and the director of the International Public Opinion Lab (IPOL) at Western Kentucky University. His main research focuses on the electoral politics of Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. His broader research interests include the domestic and international politics of East Asia, and qualitative and quantitative methods.

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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'.

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.

2021/12/28 | Timothy S. Rich

No, Taiwan Shouldn’t Sabotage TSMC: A Response to “Broken Nest”

A recent paper making the rounds in policy circles advocates for Taiwan to deliberately destroy semiconductor manufacturer TSMC to deter an invasion. Here’s why that’s not a good idea.

2022/10/13 | Timothy S. Rich

How Worried Is Taiwan About a Chinese Invasion?

Survey shows the Taiwanese public is far less concerned about a Chinese invasion than citizens of other countries in the region.

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.

2022/07/07 | Timothy S. Rich

How Does the Taiwanese Public View Efforts Against Misinformation?

Survey results have identified a crucial element in Taiwan’s fight against misinformation: the use of fact-checks.

2022/03/15 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea: How Did the Pardon of Park Geun-hye Affect the Election?

A pre-election survey undermines the oft-cited idea that national unity in South Korea is promoted through pardons of former presidents.

2022/03/10 | Timothy S. Rich

South Korea: How Does Moon Jae-in’s Presidency Affect the Election

The results of a pre-election survey suggest that growing backlash to Covid-19 policies led to declining support for Moon, perhaps indirectly affecting perceptions of the losing candidate, Lee Jae-myung.

2022/06/09 | Timothy S. Rich

To What Extent Do South Koreans Perceive North Korean Cyberattacks as a Threat?

A recent survey of South Koreans indicates that cyberattacks are viewed as a threat comparable to nuclear weapons, particularly among the elderly.

2021/08/02 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: US Perceptions of China in the Early Biden Era

Our survey indicates a broadly shared concern about China in the United States, but not necessarily a consensus on what to do in regards to the economic challenges China poses.

2021/12/01 | Timothy S. Rich

Survey: How Concerned Are Americans About a Conflict with China and North Korea?

In contrast with North Korea, China is more credibly seen as posing both a military and economic threat to the U.S. and the public is likely more familiar with China’s human rights abuses.

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

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?

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.

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.