America's Commitment to South Korea: The First Decade of the by Joo-Hong Nam

By Joo-Hong Nam

The publication analyses the strategic cause of the yank protection dedication to South Korea within the mild of the palpable failure of containment approach in Indo-China. through the Seventies the quandary confronting successive American administrations was once that, when wishing to keep up their outdated dedication to South Korea, that they had no wish to preside over one other Vietnam. army dedication and political aid have been inevitably disengaged, and the Nixon doctrine served as either the top and the technique of containment method in Asia. The examine identifies the crucial stipulations that experience motivated altering American views on South Korea, and examines many of the common difficulties of collective protection within the sector. distinctive within the direct engagement of China, the Soviet Union and the us, the safety place of South Korea bears without delay upon the success of peace and balance all through East Asia.

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Japan and Australia reaffirmed their alliances with the United States and participated in US-­led military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Singapore built new naval facilities specifically designed to host US Navy vessels, and Thailand increased its military cooperation with Theory and Prediction 35 the United States. Even Vietnam embarked on a program of limited military cooperation with the United States during this period. From the discussion of Russian and Chinese strategy, however, it appears that both of those states are engaging in some level of balancing against the United States and possibly in cooperation with one another for this larger strategic purpose.

17 Regardless of the differences between the bases of Russia’s and China’s power, both are clearly regional powers with significant ability to influence the smaller states around them. But Russia and China represent only half of the original formulation of the BRIC states as emerging markets in the late 1990s. The other two, India and Brazil, are distinguished from Russia and China by democratic governance. How second-­tier states react to rise of regional authoritarian powers and to the rise of democratic powers may be very different and have wide-­ranging consequences for the international system and the endurance of American hegemony.

By helping to extend the American military presence in their region through basing rights, they effectively blunt the regional power’s ability to exercise a form of regional hegemony that may not be in their interests. By participating in US-­led military operations (and by participating in exercises that make their militaries interoperable with that of the United States), secondary states demonstrate that they are good security partners if not formal allies. But more important, through these actions they take on some of the burden of maintaining the American hegemonic system that is broadly in their interests.

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