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Evolving military responsibilities in the U.S.-ROK alliance

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  • Klingner, Bruce
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Title Evolving military responsibilities in the U.S.-ROK alliance
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Klingner, Bruce

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[Washington, D.C.]:International Council on Korean Studies

Date 2008
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 12(no. 1)
Pages 18
Subject Country United States(Americas)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Government and Law < International Politics
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Abstract

The U.S.–South Korean security alliance has been indispensable in achieving Washington's strategic objectives and maintaining peace and stability in northeast Asia. A confluence of developments, however, is forcing changes in the alliance. These factors include a changing threat environment, an evolving U.S. military strategy, and South Korea's desire for greater autonomy as a result of its improving military and economic capabilities. It is important that the alliance begin the evolution from a singularly focused mission to a more robust values-based relationship that looks beyond the Korean Peninsula. Without substantial and sustained involvement by the senior political and military leadership, the alliance may not be sufficiently adapted to the new threat environment, including as a hedge against Chinese military modernization. (The rest omitted)