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Unformatted text preview: courage the shift from aid to sustained economic growth and prosperity. As Secretary Clinton said, "the Republic of Korea is an exemplary country fulfilling its responsibilities at home and abroad, and also an exemplary friend." SKFTA key to alliance and regional power projection – including containing North Korea The Star Tribune editorial 6-12-11 [The Star Tribune, “Pass languishing free trade pacts,” June 12 2011, accessed 7-2-11] Beyond improving America's economic security, the South Korean Free Trade Agreement would strengthen our military security. While much U.S. attention has focused on Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and, increasingly, Yemen, the Korean Peninsula remains one of the most dangerous places in the world. Twice last year North Korea, which has nuclear weapons, attacked South Korea. The unstable, inscrutable regime may become even more unpredictable as North Korean leader Kim Jong Il tries to pass leadership on to his son. The United States has more than 28,000 troops in South Korea, according to the State Department, and would be immediately drawn into any broader armed conflict between the two nations. The best way to avoid such a tragedy, and denuclearize North Korea, would be through the so-called six-party peace talks involving North and South Korea, the United States, Japan, China and Russia. North Korea has long sought direct peace talks with the United States, which we have rightly rejected. Now sealing a trade deal that solidifies our stalwart ally would send a message to North Korea that the bond between our two countries will not be broken. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 33 Mercury Politics Impact – SKFTA Good – Alliance – Military Doesn’t Solve SKFTA is vital to the alliance – Political cooperation on issues outweighs Korea Times 09 (No Author, February 18, 2009, “Future of ROK-US Alliance”, LexisNexis, accessed: 7/8/11, SWOLFF) Despite critical reviews of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, much has been accomplished over the past decade, but it should be no excuse for apathy. Washington and Seoul should seize the prospects for strategic gains and bold departures in the initial months of President Obama’s administration. Policymakers in Korea and America should also use the momentum of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's historic visit to South Korea as a means to further enhance dialogue and cooperation on a number of strategic issues. Relevance is perhaps the most important catalyst for the alliance's vitality. Defining the relationship in a forward looking manner will be critical for the new Obama administration and silencing alliance naysayers. It will no longer be sufficient to think of the alliance as solely driven by the peninsula's security concern s namely, North Korea. In the coming years, the United States and South Korea must begin to embark on a process to broaden the strategic aperture for alliance-based cooperation to focus on global issues. A global U.S.-Korea alliance should focus on the growing intersection between transn...
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