February 25th 2013 marks the beginning of a new year for the Korean government. A new era has began under the first female president putting 5-years of Lee Myung-bak's administration in the past.History is a reflection of the present and today teaches us about the future.In welcoming a new president Koreans reflect on what needs to be achieved and what will be lost for the country.Elected president Park Geun-hye is determined to fulfill the promises she has made with the Korean people.
The Park Geun-hye administration is expected to face tough challenges in the year of the snake.
Foreign issues range from the global economic crisis to the North Korean nuclear threat amid the changing course of power in surrounding north east Asian countries.At home Korea is suffering with problems of youth unemployment, rising consumer prices and social polarization.
All eyes are on President Park Geun-hye from ordinary citizens to foreigners and experts in the political, economic, foreign affairs and national security, North Korea and the welfare sectors.We contemplate on new government policies and try to provide directions for the incoming administration.