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South Korean Civil Society: Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

A CFR Working Paper

Author: Andrew Yeo, Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America

South Korean Civil Society: Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance - south-korean-civil-society-implications-for-the-us-rok-alliance

Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

Release Date July 18, 2013

10 pages



Rooted in the country's long struggle for autonomy and democracy, South Korea's robust civil society has long been credited with allowing and encouraging ordinary citizens to involve themselves in social movements. Though recent scholarship suggests that social activism spurred by South Korea's many civic societies has little direct influence on policymaking, the mobilization of progressive organizations around a number of issues pertinent to the U.S.-ROK alliance opens a society-wide conversation on the development and future of South Korea's partnership with the United States. In this Program on U.S.-Korea Policy Working Paper, Dr. Andrew Yeo of the Catholic University of America argues that the United States should see South Korean civil society as a means of gauging South Korean public sentiment on the changing U.S.-ROK relationship and as a tool for advancing policy debate.

More About This Publication

Andrew Yeo is an assistant professor of politics at the Catholic University of America. He is the author of Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

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