South Korea at the crossroads : autonomy and alliance in an era of rival powers

by Snyder, Scott, 1964-

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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction JZ1747.S69 2018
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Against the backdrop of China's mounting influence and North Korea's growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects and national security. In South Korea at the Crossroads , Scott A. Snyder examines the trajectory of fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions--and a prescription--for the future. Pairing a historical perspective with a shrewd understanding of today's political landscape, Snyder contends that South Korea's best strategy remains investing in a robust alliance with the United States.

Snyder begins with South Korea's effort in the 1960s to offset the risk of abandonment by the United States during the Vietnam War and the subsequent crisis in the alliance during the 1970s. A series of shifts in South Korean foreign relations followed: the "Nordpolitik" engagement with the Soviet Union and China at the end of the Cold War; Kim Dae Jung's "Sunshine Policy," designed to bring North Korea into the international community; "trustpolitik," which sought to foster diplomacy with North Korea and Japan; and changes in South Korea's relationship with the United States. Despite its rise as a leader in international financial, development, and climate-change forums, South Korea will likely still require the commitment of the United States to guarantee its security. Although China is a tempting option, Snyder argues that only the United States is both credible and capable in this role. South Korea remains vulnerable relative to other regional powers in northeast Asia despite its rising profile as a middle power, and it must balance the contradiction of desirable autonomy and necessary alliance.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This solid introduction to the history of South Korea's foreign policy from Snyder (Middle-Power Korea), a senior fellow for Korean studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, has already been preempted by a rapidly developing situation. In the epilogue, Snyder addresses the implications of President Trump's isolationist leanings for a longtime U.S. ally, writing that "in the hours following [his election], the South Korean government called an emergency national security meeting." However, this issue has already been overshadowed by North Korea's missile launches throughout 2017, a development that makes the topic of the book's concluding section-the feasibility of Korean unification-less likely than ever given the current state of affairs on the peninsula. However, Snyder is adept at describing the ups and downs in South Korea's relationships with the U.S. and China, which illustrate his insightful thesis that there exists a "conflict between South Korea's aspirations for autonomy and its need for alliance." His observations aren't always so useful-even nonexperts can grasp, as Snyder explains, that the success of South Korea's foreign policy depends largely on its internal unity. Academics and news junkies will value Snyder's book more as a source of background than as a work of analysis. (Jan. 2018) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- 1960-1988.
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- 1988-2002.
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- 2002-
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- Korea (North)
Korea (North) -- Foreign relations -- Korea (South)
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Korea (South)
Korea (South) -- Foreign relations -- China.
China -- Foreign relations -- Korea (South)
Publisher New York :2018
Language English
Notes "A Council on Foreign Relations book"--Half title page.
Description xiv, 355 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-342) and index.
ISBN 9780231185486
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