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Alliance Theory and Northeast Asia: Challenges on the 60th Anniversary of the Korea-U.S. Alliance

Title
Alliance Theory and Northeast Asia: Challenges on the 60th Anniversary of the Korea-U.S. Alliance
Authors
Ihn-hwi, Park
Ewha Authors
박인휘
SCOPUS Author ID
박인휘scopus
Issue Date
2013
Journal Title
KOREAN JOURNAL OF DEFENSE ANALYSIS
ISSN
1016-3271JCR Link
Citation
vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 317 - 330
Keywords
ROK-US allianceNorth KoreaKorean PeninsulaNuclear problemNortheast Asian Security
Publisher
KOREA INST DEFENSE ANALYSES-KIDA
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
An alliance system is often compared to a living organism in that the equilibrium point of the alliance constantly changes. The Korea-U.S. alliance is no exception, having adapted to the post-Cold War international security environment and continually seeking a new alliance vision. Based on the assumption that the Cold-War security threats still exist, Korea chose to consolidate its bilateral alliance with the United States in lieu of multilateralism or confidence-building measures among regional states. The problem, however, is that while the Korea-U.S. alliance has evolved into a relationship that encompasses economic, social and cultural cooperation in the post-Cold War period, South Korea's core security interest-the improvement of inter-Korean relations and the realization of peace on the Korean Peninsula-cannot be attained. This is because the strengthening of Korea-U.S. military deterrence against North Korea can unintentionally justify North Korea's nuclear development as well as constant reproduction of crisis, on the grounds that it intensifies the threat perception of the North. At this time of its sixtieth anniversary, the goals and identity of the Korea-U.S. alliance need to be reconsidered in order to reflect the changing security situation. While maintaining the deterrence against the North through an elaborate cooperation system, the alliance needs to set more creative goals that include the realization of human security on the Korean Peninsula or the formation of a Northeast Asian security community.
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