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"Rhee-straint" : The origins of the U.S.-ROK alliance

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  • Cha, Victor D.
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The origins of the U.S.-ROK alliance

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Cha, Victor D.

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

Date 2011
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 15(no. 1)
Pages 15
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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There is a vast literature that examines the American containment approach to communism throughout the Cold War era. However, few authors focus on the flip side of U.S. Cold War policy: constraint. In addition to their distaste for communism, Americans also feared "rogue" anti-communist allies dragging the U.S. into a larger-scale war with their common communist enemies. This fear especially applied to the South Korean authoritarian state under Syngman Rhee, who harnessed rabid anti-communism both to legitimize his rule and to try to embroil the U.S. in further conflict on the Korean peninsula. In order to exercise greater influence over such "rogue allies" as Syngman Rhee's South Korea, the U.S. opted to pursue strong bilateral alliances in East Asia, where they feared entrapment the most. (The rest omitted)