The U.S.-South Korean Alliance: Time for a Change

The U.S.-South Korean Alliance: Time for a Change

by Doug Bandow
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560005831

ISBN-13: 9781560005834

Pub. Date: 01/01/1992

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

The inconclusive outcome of the Korean War left a peninsula divided between two nations engaged in a deadly cold war. An important aspect of the continuing hostilities was America's security guarantee to South Korea. Despite enormous geopolitical changes wrought by the accelerating collapse of communism, the United States has a standing pledge to go to war if…  See more details below

Overview

The inconclusive outcome of the Korean War left a peninsula divided between two nations engaged in a deadly cold war. An important aspect of the continuing hostilities was America's security guarantee to South Korea. Despite enormous geopolitical changes wrought by the accelerating collapse of communism, the United States has a standing pledge to go to war if necessary to thwart a North Korean attack. This volume assesses the current and future viability of the U.S.-South Korean alliance from military, political, and economic perspectives. Currently South Korea enjoys an enormous economic edge over the Communist North whose stagnant economy labors under the strain of excessive military spending and increasing political isolation. Citing these factors in light of the worldwide Communist retreat, Ted Galen Carpenter, Stephen D. Goose, Doug Bandow, Selig Harrison, and Dae-Sook Suh argue in favor of a gradual U.S. military disengagement. They point out crucial weaknesses in North Korea's political and military infrastructure and demonstrate that South Korea has grown increasingly capable of defending itself against Northern aggression. Far more skeptical than the other authors concerning changes in current deployments, A. James Gregor and Daryl M. Plunk contend that belief in the demise of the Cold War in Asia is overly optimistic. They cite the continuing presence of a formidable Soviet force in the region and note that an American pullout might be an inducement to Chinese adventurism. Chapters by Edward A. Olson[sic] and Changsu Kim outline practical approaches to revising South Korea's current defense strategy, and in a concluding statement Senator Tim Worth[sic] of Colorado speculates on the future of U.S.-South Korean relations and argues for disengagement in the context of a sharp reduction in the confrontation between North and South. This timely and wide-ranging presentation of views will be of interest to foreign policy analysts, political scientists, econ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560005834
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1South Korea: A Vital or Peripheral U.S. Security Interest?1
2The Military Balance on the Korean Peninsula: Trends, Linkages, and the Dangers of Premature Judgments17
3The Comparative Military Capabilities of North Korean and South Korean Forces37
4Competing Security Needs of the Republic of Korea in the 1990s: In Search of a Peaceful Reunification59
5America's Korean Protectorate in a Changed World: Time to Disengage75
6The Continuing Cold War in Korea and U.S. Policy toward the Peninsula in the 1990s95
7Political Alignments in the Two Koreas: The Impact of the American Presence121
8Korean Security: Is Japan's "Comprehensive Security" Model a Viable Alternative?137
9East Asian Security in the Gorbachev Era157
10Changes in Sino-Soviet Policies toward Korea: Implications for the United States181
Afterword: A Korea Policy for the 1990s199
Contributors205
Index209

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