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South Korea : Its domestic politics and foreign policy outlook

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  • South Korea
  • Konishi, Weston S.; Manyin, Mark E.
  • Congressional Research Service


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Its domestic politics and foreign policy outlook

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Konishi, Weston S.; Manyin, Mark E.

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[Washington, D.C.]:Congressional Research Service

Date 2009-09
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Government and Law < International Politics
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Abstract

South Korea’s maturing democracy and rapid economic development have had a significant impact on its external relations, including the strategic and economic relationship with the United States. After decades of close strategic alignment with the United States under authoritarian governments, the past several democratically elected leaders in Seoul have sought their own brand of foreign policy and relations with the United States. Now the 13th largest global economy, South Korea is a major U.S. trade partner and host to some 37,000 forward deployed U.S. troops. President Lee Myung-bak entered office in 2008 planning to upgrade ties with the United States and carry out other ambitious proposals, but faced multiple political challenges early in his administration. One initial crisis was the massive anti-overnment protests against the April 2008 U.S.-Korea beef deal. (The rest omitted)