gdi-2011-politics-master-file-mercury

S was left with a shaky south korea relationship with

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: tting the country on a path toward cleaner development: In August 2008, Lee Myung Bak put the issue high on the agenda by declaring a national vision of “low carbon, green growth,” and in early 2009, he sought to include a substantial “green” component in the country’s economic stimulus efforts, which if implemented would likely fund renewable energy research and subsidize eco-friendly businesses. Further, the current popularity of the concept of green growth in Korea, combined with Korea’s appeal as a developmental model for several countries in greater Asia, make Korea an attractive partner for the United States in seeking to promote bilateral or multilateral efforts to combat global warming. To build the foundation for such cooperation, the two governments should use the APP framework to provide strong support to existing and nascent initiatives at the local level, such as the cross-bor- der consortium of ecocities envisioned by Daejeon Green Growth Forum chairman Yang Ji-won and his collaborators in Palo Alto, California, and elsewhere.45 Such efforts should complement the leadership-level pursuit of a global climate treaty in the lead-up to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 41 Mercury Politics Brink – Asian Tensions High Now Tensions with China, Japan and North Korea are high now Cha and Katz, Georgetown Government Professor & 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 56, SWOLFF) The second goal was deep engagement with China. The Obama administration wanted to take the Bush administration’s concept of China as a “responsible stakeholder” and build on it, putting China front and center as a partner on issues like climate change, counterproliferation, and recovering from the global financial crisis. In this conceptualization, as China rises in power it needs to play a more responsible role in furthering the public good in the international system. The idea was that a stable U.S.-Japan alliance combined with deep engagement with China would put the U.S. in a strong position at the third point of this triangular arrangement. The third goal was high-level bilateral engagement with North Korea. Obama’s advisors supported the work of the Six-Party Talks and the 2005 and 2007 denuclearization agreements. But they viewed the Bush administration’s reluctance to engage with North Korea bilaterally at a high level as slowing the pace of denuclearization. Obama had high hopes that senior level bilateral contact with the North Koreans would push Pyongyang to more quickly implement the September 2005 Joint Statement of the SixParty Talks. Each of these strategic paths was quickly impeded. The U.S.-Japan alliance, which was supposed to be a con...
View Full Document

Ask a homework question - tutors are online