The Korean Paradox: Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Korean Paradox

Domestic Political Divide and Foreign Policy in South Korea, 1st Edition

Edited by Marco Milani, Antonio Fiori, Matteo Dian


240 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138542402
pub: 2019-06-06
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Bringing together an international line up of contributors, this book examines South Korea’s foreign policy strategies designed to cope with the challenges of the post-Cold War regional order. Caught between economic interdependence with China and a security alliance with the US, it thus analyses the emergence of a ‘Korean paradox’.

Focusing on non-material factors in shaping the decision-making processes of primary actors, such as traditions, beliefs and identities, this book begins by analysing the emergence of the ‘Asian Paradox’ and explores how different political traditions have influenced South Korea’s foreign and security policies. In the second part, this book goes on to deal directly with the key issues in South Korea’s foreign policy today, with an emphasis on the progressive and conservative approaches to the challenges the country faces. This includes the North Korean threat, the alliance with the US, relations with China and Russia, the complicated relationship with Japan, and the emerging role of South Korea outside of Northeast Asia.

An innovative study of the domestic sources of South Korean foreign policy, The Korean Paradox investigates South Korea’s growing role at the regional and global levels. As such, itwill be useful to students and scholars of Korean Studies, International Relations and East Asian Studies more generally.

Table of Contents

1. Interpreting South Korea’s foreign and security policy under the 'Asian paradox', Marco Milani, Antonio Fiori and Matteo Dian

2. The dynamics of democratized South Korean foreign policy in the post-Cold War era, Sangsoo Lee

3. The impact of political alternation on South Korea’s foreign policy, Marco Milani and Antonio Fiori

4. Progressive and Conservative visions of Inter-Korean relations, Marco Milani

5. South Korea, partisan politics and the United States, David C. Kang

6. Conservative and progressives' stance on China and impact on South Korea-China relations, Jaewoo Choo

7. United we stand? South Korea-China economic relations and the political (non-)divide, Ramon Pacheco Pardo

8. South Korea-Japan relations: the Comfort Women lens', Brad Glosserman

9. South Korea-Russia relations, Anna Kireeva

10. Crossing Boundaries: South Korea’s global diplomacy outside Northeast Asia, Antonio Fiori, Kevin Gray, Soyeun Kim and Andrea Passeri

11. Conclusion, Marco Milani, Matteo Dian and Antonio Fiori

About the Editors

Marco Milani is a Lecturer at the School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. His research interests include North and South Korea foreign policy, contemporary Korean history, and inter-Korean relations.

Antonio Fiori is Associate Professor of History and Institutions of Asia at the University of Bologna, Italy and Adjunct Professor at Korea University’s International Summer Campus (Seoul). His research interests include Inter-Korean relations and North Korea’s domestic and foreign policy.

Matteo Dian a Research Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of University of Bologna, Italy. His recent publications include New Regional Initiatives in China's Foreign Policy (2018, with Silvia Menegazzi).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies