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South Korea : Taking the right steps toward defense reform

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  • South Korea
  • Klingner, Bruce
  • The Heritage Foundation


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Title South Korea
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Taking the right steps toward defense reform

Material Type Articles
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Klingner, Bruce

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Washington, D.C.:The Heritage Foundation

Date 2011-10
Series Title; No Backgrounder / 2618
Pages 11
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Holding The Heritage Foundation

Abstract

South Korea has initiated a series of extraordinary defense reforms. These reforms are commendable and will redress many of South Korea's security shortcomings. Seoul will be hampered in these efforts, however, by demographic and fiscal constraints. Yet such barriers must be overcome; an increasingly unstable North Korea and an expansive, belligerent China demand as much. Furthermore, if Seoul is ever to "go global" with its political, economic, and military capabilities, the transformations outlined by the DR 307 reform plan must be enacted - and the U.S. can help.