Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Evolution of the South Korea–United States Alliance

$89.99 (P)

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107104679

$ 89.99 (P)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Paperback, eBook

Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • 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.

    • 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
    Read more

    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 Diego

    ‘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

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • 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.

  • Authors

    Uk Heo, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Uk Heo is University Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and an International Scholar at Kyung Hee University, South Korea.

    Terence Roehrig, US Naval War College
    Terence Roehrig is Professor of National Security Affairs and Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the US Naval War College.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.