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The Korea-U.S. alliance in the Obama era

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  • Gurtov, Mel
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Title The Korea-U.S. alliance in the Obama era
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Gurtov, Mel

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

Date 2009
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 13(no. 2)
Pages 25
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < International Politics
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Where does the U.S.-ROK alliance, which is once again on a firm footing, go from here? Is a strengthened bilateral alliance the only path to follow? Or is there wisdom for both the United States and the ROK in complementing bilateralism with multilateralism, serious engagement of North Korea, and a wider range of international relationships generally? This article urges the latter course, with emphasis on the usefulness of continuing close ROK-China relations, rather than forging a fuller strategic partnership. The central argument is that the vitality of the U.S.-ROK alliance no longer depends only on the quality of their partnership, or on deterrence of North Korea. The new strategic challenge is to embed the Korean peninsula conflict in a regional security framework—a dialogue mechanism already agreed upon at the Six Party Talks—and that requires above all a good working relationship with China by all parties. (The rest omitted)