1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Europe-Korea Relations

    476 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    476 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Europe–Korea Relations provides a comprehensive overview of the changing dynamics in relations between Europe and Korea, provided by leading experts in the field.

    Informed by high-quality academic research and key trilateral data and statistics, this book brings scope, balance, and depth, with wide-ranging coverage examining the history of Europe-Korea relations, the Cold War, contemporary Europe-Korea and Europe-North Korea relations, Europe and inter-Korea relations within the regional context, and relations between European countries and the Korea. Through this approach, it increases awareness of the extent and intensity of the multi-faceted and multi-layered connections between the Europe and Korea. Finally, it proposes a way forward for a future relationship between Europe and the Koreas. As a key reference point, for advanced-level students, researchers, policy-makers and journalists producing, and consuming, new material in the area and beyond, it provides an essential understanding of both the historical backdrop to, and the current crisis in, this troubled peninsula.

    This Handbook will be an essential reference for scholars, students, researchers and practitioners interested and working in the fields of Asian Politics/ Studies, EU Politics/Studies, European Politics/Studies, Korean Politics/Studies and International Relations.

    The Routledge Handbook of Europe–Korea Relations is part of the mini-series Europe in the World Handbooks examining EU-regional relations.


    Chang-beom Kim

    Introduction: A Multi-Faceted and Multi-Layered Relationship

    Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Nicola Casarini and Antonio Fiori

    Part 1: Historical Evolution

    1. Korea–Europe Relations from the Origins to 1950

    Yongmin Kim

    2. The Evolution of Europe and Korea Relations during the Cold War (1950-1990)

    Yoo-Joung Kim 

    3. Contemporary EU-Korea Relations: 1991-2020

    Ramon Pacheco Pardo

    Part 2: Social and Cultural Relations

    4. Korea-EU Intellectual and Cultural Exchange

    Joohyun Go 

    5. New Perspectives of Korean Wave: Digital Media and Global Fandom

    Saemee Kim

    6. EU-Korea Education Cooperation

    Changrhyong Oh

    7. Immigration as Personal and Cultural Interchange: South Koreans in Germany, United Kingdom and France

    Sung Eun Shim

    8. Is the EU an Ever-Closer Partner? Reflecting the EU Representations in South Korea

    Sung-Won Yoon and Sae Won Chung

    Part 3: Economic Relations

    9. EU-North Korea Economic Ties: Old Legacies and Future Prospects

    Virginie Grzelczyk

    10. Dynamics of the Korea-EU FTA: From the early stage to the entry-into-force

    Heungchong Kim

    11. EU-Korea FTA (2011-2020): First experience of Implementing the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter under the FTA

    Yoo-Duk Kang

    12. Korea-EU Direct Investment Links: The Neglected Facet of a Tight Partnership

    Françoise Nicolas

    13. Development Cooperation: South Korea’s Transition from New to Established Donor

    Axel Marx

    14. Social Market Economy and Welfare in Europe and Korea

    Chae-Bok Park

    Part 4: Science and Technology, Energy and the Environment

    15. EU–Korea Partnership on Energy and Climate Change: Common Paths toward Low Carbon Transition

    Jae-Seung Lee

    16. Scientific Innovation: The 4th Industrial Revolution and R&D Cooperation

    Oh-Suk Yang

    Part 5: Politics and Global Governance

    17. The Strategic Partnership between the EU and Korea

    Moosung Lee

    18. EU-Korea and the International Community: The United Nations, the G20, and the Asia-Europe Meeting

    Sunhee Park

    19. Human Security: Emerging Area for Cooperation in Korea and the EU

    Nam-Kook Kim and Sebastian Harnisch

    20. The EU, North Korea and the Shifting Global Discourse on Human Rights

    Zsuzsa-Anna Ferenczy

    21. EU-Korea Relations in the age of COVID and Mounting US-China Tensions

    Nicola Casarini

    22. Legal Issues in Korea-EU Relationship

    Hyungbok Chae

    23. The European Union and Regional Integration in Northeast Asia

    Michael Reiterer

    Part 6: Bilateral Relations

    24. Continued Ambivalence: The History and Present of Germany-Korea Relations

    Eric J. Ballbach

    25. France-Korea

    Antoine Bondaz

    26. Korea-Italy Relations: Consolidating Strategic Partnership

    Si Hong Kim

    Part 7: Security and the Regional Context

    27. EU-Korea Cooperation in Non-proliferation and Disarmament

    Jina Kim

    28. EU Sanctions against North Korea: Making a stringent UN sanctions regime even tougher

    Mario Esteban and Clara Portela

    29. EU-Korea and Six Party Talks

    Seungkeun Lee 

    30. EU-Korea in Crisis Management

    Hae-Won Jun

    31. Europe and Inter-Korean Relations

    Antonio Fiori and Marco Milani

    Conclusion: Future Challenges in Korea-EU Relations

    Nam-Kook Kim and Jae-Seung Lee


    Nicola Casarini is Senior Associate Fellow at the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) in Rome, Italy, and Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington DC, USA.

    Antonio Fiori is Associate Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy.

    Nam-Kook Kim is Professor and Jean Monnet Chair Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University, South Korea, and President of the Korean Political Science Association.

    Jae-Seung Lee is Dean and Professor of International Political Economy at KU-KIEP-SBS EU Centre, Korea University, South Korea.

    Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Professor in International Relations at King's College London, UK, and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

    "The Handbook puts the EU-Korea in the larger context of the EU foreign policy which is more than a China policy. It highlights what strategic partners can achieve in the policy areas which will shape the 21st century. In times of great power competition, a forceful testimony of the need for Europe to engage in times when security has become intertwined and indivisible. The security on the Korean Peninsula is also a key factor in the Indo-Pacific."

    Herman Van Rompuy, President Emeritus European Council

    "The Europe-Republic of Korea relations are now heading in the direction of global governance in the sense that both are contributing substantially to the provision of global public goods. Sustaining multilateral institutions, cherishing and protecting universal human values, providing stability in both regions, and broadening open and fair markets are important examples of their global contributions. As the Republic of Korea is developing fast to become an advanced democracy with technological edge in many future technologies, the cooperation between Europe and the Republic of Korea is entering into a new chapter. On the other hand, the EU-DPRK relations seem a lot less dynamic and slow to evolve into mature partnership. The EU, however, still remains a hopeful platform to reignite future-oriented cooperation, and shares long history of mutual contacts and diplomatic innovations. This handbook is a must read for all the readers and experts who are interested in comprehensive understanding of contemporary EU-Korea relations."

    Geun LEE, President of Korea Foundation

    "At a time when the centre of geopolitical gravity is decisively tilting East, this handbook, unpacking relations between Europe and the Korean peninsula, is a must read for all scholars and practitioners of European foreign policy."

    Nathalie Tocci, Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Italy, and Special Advisor to EU High Representative