WPS 09-3: Post-Unification Korean National Identity, by Jee Sun Lee, Ph.D. (April 2009). While much of the debate about the future of the Korean peninsula has taken shape around the uncertainties surrounding Kim Jong Il succession and portended changes in political structures, the future of Korean national identity remains an underexamined subject. In this paper, Dr. Lee addresses the looming question of what will be the core identity of a unified North and South Korea, and what form Korean national consciousness will take.