In the 20th century, South Korea was usually seen as a ‘shrimp amongst whales’, a minor player with limited agency in regional and global affairs. Korea’s risen status as a ‘middle power’ today, however, begs the question about related changes in the South Korean identity or ‘sense of self’ in the world.
In this book, Patrick Flamm presents the first comprehensive and agency-oriented empirical account of South Korean international state identity and Seoul’s global foreign policy in the 21st century. Advancing a performative and narrative understanding of identity in International Relations, Flamm uses South Korea’s global engagement in peacekeeping and climate diplomacy to offer much needed insight to the various identity narratives and role conceptions at play. In the case of peacekeeping and climate diplomacy, South Korea’s identity as an international actor has been dominated by practices of self-identification that position the country at the brink of advanced countries, aspiring to lead the rest of the world, but with the overall objective to maintain national autonomy in a changing regional and global context.
South Korean Identity and Global Foreign Policy is a must read for scholars of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis and Asian/Korean Studies.
2. Korea in the World: Identity and Foreign Policy
3. Identity and Roles in International Relations
4. A Model for Inquiry into International State Identity
5. South Korea and Peacekeeping
6. South Korea and Climate Diplomacy
7. South Korea and Global Foreign Policy: Snapshots of Identity
8. Conclusion: Dream of Autonomy
Advisory Board: Marijke Breuning (University of North Texas), Sebastian Harnisch (University of Heidelberg), Valerie Hudson (Texas A & M University), Paul Kowert (Florida International University), Stephen G. Walker (Arizona State University).
The Role Theory and International Relations Series aspires to attract and publish the latest and best research integrating knowledge in the field of International Relations with role theory. This aspiration cuts across a wide swath of subfields, including foreign policy analysis, peace and security studies, international political economy, diplomatic studies, and international organization. While each of these subfields of study is presently organized as an "island of theory," this series intends to integrate their signature phenomena within a system of knowledge, a "theory complex" or an alliance among different subfields. This series showcases the ability of role theory to generate useful theoretical insights on its own or in combination with existing theories across these traditional subfields. Role theory’s conceptual repertoire, plus its ability to span multiple levels of analyses and the major meta-theoretical divides in the discipline position it to be an important integrative force in the study of International Relations.