Recent developments in South Korea’s foreign and security policies as well as major struc-tural adjustments in the military alliance between the United States and South Korea indi-cate a new self-understanding on the part of South Korea in terms of playing a more asser-tive role in regional and even global affairs. Alongside its involvement in the so-called Six-Party Talks—a multinational framework to disarm a nuclear North Korea—South Korea’s civil-military engagement in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon demonstrates that the gov-ernment’s foreign policy posture is not only focused on Northeast Asian affairs but is also intended to engage in other international security hot spots. However, although it has con-siderable material resources and capabilities—in neorealist terms constituting the power base of a state actor—South Korea is widely seen as a minor player in world politics. By means of a specific set of indicators—pretension, endowment, influence, recognition—this paper seeks to answer the question of whther South Korea is a regional power. The meth-odological approach used to evaluate its position will be based on analytical frameworks and typologies compiled from the literature on regional powers. Following the introduc-tion of this approach, different concepts of the term regional power and the selection of the methodological instruments are presented. The subsequent section analyzes the selected set of indicators with regard to South Korea’s potential status as a regional power. The concluding chapter evaluates the findings and raises further questions related to the re-gional-power concept.