d s song korea foundation professor at georgetown

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Unformatted text preview: g the scope of alliance-based cooperation. But the way forward is not without any controversy or disagreement. In the region, Japan is viewed as the preeminent U.S. partner and China the most worrisome potential adversary. Australia has sacrificed tremendously to support the U.S. in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and is often referred to as a top-tier ally - a prominent club. South Korea has also been a key supporter of American combat operations in Iraq, but more often than not, Seoul's strategic utility is overlooked, which is unfortunate, because Korea offers the best potential for a change in focus, from narrow, shared interests to broad, global aims. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 35 Mercury Politics Impact – Alliance Good – AT – Resiliency (2/2) The alliance would collapse overnight – tension doesn’t unite Korea and America Cha and Katz, Georgetown Professor of Government and former Director of Asian Affairs, 11 (Victor D., D. S. Song-Korea Foundation Professor at Georgetown University and Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Katrin Katz, Chicago-based independent consultant on East Asia and former Fulbright Scholar. Both served as directors for Asian Affairs on the White House National Security Council, 2011, “South Korea in 2010”, ProQuest, accessed: 7/8/11, page 54, SWOLFF) The past year has brought an auspicious turn of circumstances for the U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance. For the Obama administration, unforeseen regional dynamics—including Beijing’s resistance to deep engagement with Washington, Japan’s experimentation with a more “independent” policy vis-àvis the U.S., and North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior—have escalated the importance of the U.S.-ROK alliance to unprecedented levels for the U.S. Combined with the warm personal relationship President Barack Obama shares with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, these dynamics have resulted in exceptionally close cooperation and coordination between Washington and Seoul. But, as the past 60-plus years of ROK-U.S. ties have shown, this is a relationship that has seen the highest peaks followed by the lowest lows. The experiences of May and June 2008, when tens of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets to protest a trade deal to import U.S. beef, serve as the most recent example of the capacity for positive dynamics to come crashing down almost overnight. Recent public opinion surveys reveal a historically positive feelings among both the U.S. and South Korean publics toward the alliance, presenting a helpful backdrop for alliance managers in implementing ongoing projects and embarking on new initiatives. But the alliance remains vulnerable to external shocks, rendering the continuation of the current phase of unmitigated harmonious ties far from certain. Policymakers on both sides of the Pacific would do well to identify and delicately manage potential trouble areas while continuing to maximize benefits the current bilateral euphori...
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