South Korea at the Crossroads by Scott A. Snyder
Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers (A Council on Foreign Relations Book)

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How much influence those groups can bring to an indifferent American government remains to be seen, but events may require South Korea to become a nuclear power to deter North Korean designs. Students of geopolitics will appreciate Snyder’s thoughtful analysis of a troubled region.
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Against the backdrop of China’s mounting influence and North Korea’s growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects and national security. In South Korea at the Crossroads, Scott A. Snyder examines the trajectory of fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions―and a prescription―for the future. Pairing a historical perspective with a shrewd understanding of today’s political landscape, Snyder contends that South Korea’s best strategy remains investing in a robust alliance with the United States.

Snyder begins with South Korea’s effort in the 1960s to offset the risk of abandonment by the United States during the Vietnam War and the subsequent crisis in the alliance during the 1970s. A series of shifts in South Korean foreign relations followed: the “Nordpolitik” engagement with the Soviet Union and China at the end of the Cold War; Kim Dae Jung’s “Sunshine Policy,” designed to bring North Korea into the international community; “trustpolitik,” which sought to foster diplomacy with North Korea and Japan; and changes in South Korea’s relationship with the United States. Despite its rise as a leader in international financial, development, and climate-change forums, South Korea will likely still require the commitment of the United States to guarantee its security. Although China is a tempting option, Snyder argues that only the United States is both credible and capable in this role. South Korea remains vulnerable relative to other regional powers in northeast Asia despite its rising profile as a middle power, and it must balance the contradiction of desirable autonomy and necessary alliance.
 

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Dr. Scott A. Snyder is President and CEO of Decision Strategies International, a management consultancy specializing in scenario planning. He has 18+ years experience with Fortune 100 firms and technology ventures and extensive expertise in enterprise applications, CRM, analytics, satellite communications, wireless, broadband, and other emerging technologies. An adjunct associate professor at Penn Engineering, Snyder is also a Senior Fellow in the Management Department of The Wharton School. He holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an executive degree from USC in Telecommunications Management.
 
Published January 2, 2018 by Columbia University Press. 363 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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How much influence those groups can bring to an indifferent American government remains to be seen, but events may require South Korea to become a nuclear power to deter North Korean designs. Students of geopolitics will appreciate Snyder’s thoughtful analysis of a troubled region.

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