My first essay as SRAD director sets the stage for the Strategic Studies Institute’s research on the growing importance of South Korea to the US alliance system and security objectives across the Indo-Pacific region, provides reasons why South Korea may become commensurate with Japan as the region’s primary US ally, and proposes ways the United States should leverage this reality to maximize this relationship and maintain a free and open Pacific. This important analysis challenges the orthodox view of South Korea as a self-contained problem set with little relevance to other regional security issues and explains its underappreciated connections to regional stability.
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Eric Hartunian, "SRAD Director's Corner: Recognizing the Increasing Importance of the US-ROK Alliance," Parameters 53, no. 2 (2023), doi:10.55540/0031-1723.3227.