South Korean Foreign Policy and the Asian Paradox

By – Sachin Singh;

The abrupt end of the Cold War was a momentous event in the geopolitical history of the world. This marked the beginning of a new world order and the emergence of new strategic relations between the remaining powers of the world. It also led to some interesting paradoxical phenomena in the international relations of the countries, in particular- the Asian Paradox. This paradox, although visible in many countries, found a special host in the form of South Korea which had recently launched itself on an upward trajectory of unprecedented economic growth dubbed as ‘the miracle of Han River. This, however, was achieved based on the US-led ‘hub and spokes model’ of regional security architecture put in place after the end of the Korean War in 1953. Both these factors have had a profound impact on South Korea’s rise as a middle power and its relations with the North as well as the long-term dream of a unified Korean peninsula that remains almost just as far away as it has ever been.

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