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Dr. Rohinton P. Medhora, president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, a policy research institute based near Toronto, told The Diplomat that Yoo’s South Korea’s nationality could be seen as an advantage, as the country “is usually held up as a successful development model and is admired for its shrewd way of doing capitalism.”

“It’s true that the qualifications of the candidates matter – and all of them have the appropriate background – but what really matters is whether they have the backings of their own governments and the right large constituencies. In that sense, the qualifications and even the...

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