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In contrast to previous studies of the South Korea–United States alliance, Uk Heo and Terence Roehrig analyze the bigger picture, including the history, economics, security, alliance structure, politics, and the future of the alliance. Taking alliance theory as a starting point, the authors argue that the alliance provides an ideal case study to examine how the political development and economic growth of junior partners impact an alliance. As South Korea's capabilities and ambitions have grown, the alliance has evolved from an asymmetric regional security relationship to an economic partnership with global interests, while China's rise and North Korea's nuclear development mean that South Korea remains of strategic importance for American interests in East Asia. This book will be read both as a major contribution to Korean studies and the study of alliance politics and theory.Read more
- Examines how and why the South Korea–United States alliance has changed over time
- Discusses all aspects of the alliance, including political, security, and economic developments
- Written by two leading scholars of South Korean politics
Reviews & endorsements
‘Despite very good scholarship on various aspects of the US-Korea alliance, we do not have a good single-volume account that covers the entire history. Uk Heo and Terrence Roerhig fill this gap. They also show how the rapid growth and democratization of junior partners both expands the possibilities for cooperation and opens up recurrent conflicts. Needless to say, timely and relevant.' Stephan Haggard, University of California, San DiegoSee more reviews
‘The Republic of Korea is one of only a few countries to have both a military alliance and a free trade agreement with the United States, but it faces mounting challenges in both areas. Offering a concise yet comprehensive analysis of the alliance, this book is a must-read for those who wish to better understand its increasing complexity.' Gi-Wook Shin, Stanford University, California
‘This comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the 65-year-old US-ROK security alliance will serve as a concise and handy reference for those who hope to keep the alliance on track or want to understand the impact of the alliance on South Korea's security, foreign policy, and economic development.' Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations
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- Date Published: November 2018
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107104679
- length: 290 pages
- dimensions: 223 x 143 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 2 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Theory and the ROK-US alliance
2. Early relations and establishing the ROK-US alliance
3. Democratization and alliance
4: Security motivations for the alliance
5. Economic growth and the KOR-US free trade agreement
6. Changing military dimensions of the alliance
Conclusion: the joint vision and the future of the alliance.
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