From ASPAC to EAS : South Korea and southeast Asia


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South Korea's diplomatic and security focus has inevitably been on northeast Asia and its difficult relationship with its northern neighbour, but South Korea also has a role to play in the broader Asian Pacific region. This article analyzes South Korea's increasing economic, political, and cultural links with the wider region, in particular with Southeast Asia, and its role in the development of Asian Pacific regionalism. Utilizing the concept of "middle power," it argues that, while clearly South Korea cannot ignore what is happening in its immediate geographical environment of North-east Asia, it does have the economic and political resources to enable it to take advantage of the opportunities for greater interactions with other parts of the Asian Pacific region, particularly Southeast Asia, if the political will exists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-55
Number of pages23
JournalAsian Affairs: An American Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


  • middle power
  • regionalism
  • regionalization
  • South Korea
  • Southeast Asia


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