South Korea's Middle Power Diplomacy and Regional Security Cooperation

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Cosmos Club
Powell Room, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Summary

Dr. Young Jong Choi focused on the areas of regional cooperation that South Korea, as a "middle power", can take the initiative on. South Korea has the ability to push East Asian regionalism forward in a way that Japan, China, and the United States, as the region's major powers, are unable to. The limited capabilities of Japan and China in this regard are a result of historical antagonisms and fears of future hegemony. South Korea, which has no history or future prospects of regional hegemony, can thus be a major actor, especially in cooperation with the United States, in future moves toward regional integration

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