1st Edition

South Korea’s Middle Power Diplomacy in the Middle East Development, Political and Diplomatic Trajectories

By Hae Won Jeong Copyright 2022
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book examines theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of middle powers with reference to South Korea’s bilateral relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iraq.

    It maps the development, political and diplomatic trajectories between South Korea and Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iraq against the historical backdrop of ROK-US alliance and the rise of China. Jeong provides a nuanced analysis of the intersectionality of political economy and foreign policy analysis contextualizing state-building processes in ROK and the Middle Eastern countries.

    This accessible book is intended for students and scholars in area studies and international affairs, career diplomats, and South Korean businesses in the Middle East. It should also prove of practical value for journalists and policy makers who are interested in studying the nexus of domestic, regional and international factors that have configured South Korea’s Middle East policy.

    Chapter 1. State-Building Processes in South Korea and the Middle East

    Chapter 2. From Tehran Boulevard to post-JCPOA Iran

    Chapter 3. Oil, Business Diplomacy and Saudi-Korea Vision 2030

    Chapter 4. Nuclear Energy and Security Cooperation with the UAE

    Chapter 5. Business and Security Implications after the Gulf Wars and post-ISIS Iraq

    Chapter 6. Conclusion


    Hae Won Jeong is Assistant Professor at Abu Dhabi University. She specializes in international politics of the Middle East and has published on Gulf-Asia relations, foreign policy and public diplomacy of the Middle East and nation-building in the Gulf.