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A neo-geopolitics approach to South Korea’s Eurasia initiative

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Frame of Image dea of creating a unified system of transport, energy and trade networks across the vast Eurasian continent. The Initiative presupposes the construction of a “Silk Road Express” that would connect rail and road networks from the South Korean city of Busan to Europe, as well as the establishment of new sea routes through the Arctic Sea. This logistics and transport integration is to be followed by gradual elimination of trade barriers, leading to the establishment of a vast free trade zone. Despite its grand vision, however, the progress of the Eurasia Initiative has not been entirely smooth so far. Many factors have been interfering with its implementation, including the stalemate between the two Koreas, and the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West, following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. On the South Korean side, a state-centered, “assembly
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approach” to the Initiative has also played a role in the slow progress, under which policy projects and tasks are designed for each country and sector, without an overarching policy framework. Addressing the current problem, this paper presents an alternative, neogeopolitical approach to the Eurasia Initiative.
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Classic geopolitics, understood as the “theory of the state as a geographical organism or phenomenon in space” or the “struggle between the states over the control of spaces and places,”i has developed since the 19th century, premising on three core conce


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Title A neo-geopolitics approach to South Korea’s Eurasia initiative
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Author(English)

Kim, Taehwan

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[Seoul]:Korea National Diplomatic Academy

Date 2014-09
Series Title; No IFANS Brief / 2014-39
Pages 8
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Government and Law < International Politics
Holding IFANS