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Koreans in the Persian Gulf

Policies and International Relations, 1st Edition

By Shirzad Azad


178 pages

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Analyzing the Korean Peninsula’s contemporary engagement with the Persian Gulf region from the 1950s to the present day, the book begins by asking the following question: What drew Koreans to the region in the first place and under what circumstances were they drawn there?

While taking into account a combination of both external and internal factors shaping the dynamics of the Korean Peninsula’s interactions with the Persian Gulf region, this book largely concentrates on the agency factor to analyze the nature and scope of a rather multifaceted relationship between the two areas. The Republic of Korea has, in fact, maintained diverse connections to every single country in the Persian Gulf over the past several decades, and its rather considerable activities and accomplishments in the region all justify such an overwhelming focus. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s record in the Persian Gulf, however, is mostly limited to its relationship with Iran, though Pyongyang has pursued relationships with some other states in the region. This book studies the elements of Pyongyang’s actions in the region as an appendage to South Korea’s various political and economic achievements.

Employing a process-tracing approach, this book will be of interest to policymakers, as well as to students and scholars of International Relations, Middle East Studies and Asian Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1 Early encounters and rivalries: Reaching out to the Persian Gulf 2 The oil boom and the ensuing construction bonanza 3 Coping with crisis: The South’s loss is the North’s gain 4 Business as usual in an era of transition and uncertainty 5 The pinnacle of success in the midst of new challenges 6 The beachhead: Persian Gulf policy under Lee Myung-bak Conclusion

About the Author

Shirzad Azad is a visiting scholar at Seoul National University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, political Islam, democracy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies