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Transformation of the U.S.-ROK Alliance and North Korean Threat: A South Korean Public Perspective

by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Supporters shout slogans during a rally for the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) talks in Seoul (Jo Yong hak/Courtesy Reuters). Supporters shout slogans during a rally for the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) talks in Seoul (Jo Yong hak/Courtesy Reuters).

Gon Nam-kung is a professor at Ewha Woman’s University.

The U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance has now entered a crucial period in dealing with North Korean nuclear issues. At the same time, the alliance has been responding to the impact of a transformed international environment and South Korea’s democratization. One result of these changes is the rising importance of both political leadership and public opinion as developments that influence the effectiveness and viability of the alliance. Read more »