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Roles of middle power in East Asia : A Korean perspective

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  • Kim, Sangbae
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Title Roles of middle power in East Asia
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A Korean perspective

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Author(English)

Kim, Sangbae

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Seoul:East Asia Institute

Date 2014-01
Series Title; No EAI MPDI Working Paper / 2
ISBN 9788992395588
Pages 35
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < International Politics
Holding East Asia Institute

Abstract

In recent years, South Korea has gained attention as a middle power in the diplomatic arena. For example, it played impressive roles in the various diplomatic conferences held in South Korea, such as the G20 Summit in Seoul (2010), High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan (2011), Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul (2012), and Seoul Conference on Cyberspace (2013). Behind these increased diplomatic roles lay South Korea’s military and economic capabilities which have been achieved in the past several decades. In 2010, South Korea’s military budget ranked 12th in the world and its GDP put it in 15th place. Indeed, South Korea has come to be regarded as one of the leading middle powers in world politics. Now, there is a growing consensus that South Korea should play a middle power’s role corresponding to its increased material capabilities; it should figure out a new vision of middle power diplomacy in the twenty-first century. In particular, South Korea should realize what kinds of roles are expected of it, and under what structural conditions it can play those roles in effective ways. (The rest omitted)