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Global Korea

South Korea's Contributions to International Security

Editor: , Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy
Authors: Scott Bruce, Project Manager, Partnership for Nuclear Security, CRDF Global, John Hemmings, Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS, Balbina Y. Hwang, Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, Terence Roehrig, Professor of National Security Affairs and Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group, U.S. Naval War College, and , Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Global Korea - global-korea

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date October 2012

Price $10.00 paper

100 pages
ISBN 978-0-87609-542-3


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Over the past few years, South Korea has become an active contributor to international stability through its "increased participation in peacekeeping, antipiracy, postconflict stabilization, counterproliferation, and other activities," writes Senior Fellow Scott A. Snyder in a new CFR ebook Global Korea: South Korea's Contributions to International Security.

This volume outlines South Korea's progress toward raising its international profile. Authors who contributed essays in the compilation are:

  • Balbina Hwang, of Georgetown University, on South Korea's participation in international peacekeeping, including an analysis of its capabilities, and how the South Korean public views its contributions.
  • Terence Roehrig, of the U.S. Naval War College, on South Korean contributions to antipiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
  • John Hemmings, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on the Provincial Reconstruction Team South Korea established in Afghanistan and the civilian-military coordination challenges that accompanied that operation.
  • Scott Bruce, of the Partnership for Nuclear Security at CRDF Global, on South Korea's commitment and capacity to implement counterproliferation operations.

Snyder also lays out potential obstacles to South Korea's aspirations in the global security arena:

  • The possibility that "a significant flare-up of inter-Korean tensions or destabilization of North Korea could cause a shift in resources back to the Korean peninsula."
  • The South Korean presidential transition in February 2013 might test its "political commitment to maintain active contributions to international security."
  • South Korea will face demographic and budget constraints in the midterm that could eventually reduce its ability to contribute toward international security. For example, the country's low birth rate may limit available manpower to serve in the military.


Scott A. Snyder

Korea and PKO: Is Korea Contributing to Global Peace?
Balbina Hwang

South Korea's Counterpiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden
Terence Roehrig

The ROK Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan
John Hemmings

Counterproliferation and South Korea: From Local to Global
Scott Bruce

More About This Publication

Scott Bruce is a project manager for the Partnership for Nuclear Security at CRDF Global.

John Hemmings is a doctoral candidate in the international relations department at the London School of Economics and a nonresident Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS.

Balbina Hwang is visiting professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on East Asian political economy.

Terence Roehrig is professor of national security affairs and the director of the Asia-Pacific studies group at the U.S. Naval War College.

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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