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The US-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges

Scott Snyder, editor
The US-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges
ISBN: 978-1-58826-805-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-518-5
2012/293 pages/LC: 2011043124
"Informative and insightful … an important addition to the literature on alliance and East Asian security."—Ji-Young Lee, American University


How can the United States and South Korea best cooperate to address new security challenges? Can the US-ROK alliance serve to advance South Korea's interests and at the same time help the US to more effectively pursue its own global and regional security objectives? In the context of these questions, the authors explore the possibilities for enhanced cooperation in both traditional and nontraditional spheres.

The chapters, all organized around a common set of questions, address issues ranging from counterterrorism, military affairs, and nuclear nonproliferation, to the environment, pandemics, and biological threats, to peacebuilding, development assistance, and humanitarian aid. In each chapter, the authors consider the capacities and potential for cooperation on both sides, assess the corresponding challenges, and propose new forms of collaboration.


Scott Snyder is president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. He is author of China's Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics and Security, Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior, and coeditor (with L. Gordon Flake) of Paved with Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea.


  • Expanding the US–South Korea Alliance—S. Snyder.
  • The Maritime Relationship—M. McDevitt.
  • Counterterrorism—K. Shepard.
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation—F. McGoldrick.
  • Outer Space—J.C. Moltz.
  • Pandemics and Biological Threats—J.L. Schoff.
  • Climate Change—H. Chang and L. House-Peters.
  • Peacekeeping—B.Y. Hwang.
  • Postconflict Stabilization and Reconstruction—M.J. Finnegan.
  • Development Assistance and Humanitarian Aid—E.P. Reed.
  • Will the Current Joint Vision Hold?—S. Snyder.