“Patterson and Choi have written an outstanding book that argues a crucial connection between the vital role South Korean diplomacy played in its economic development story. This study makes an important argument that an overlooked variable of South Korea’s rise was deft diplomacy in its early years that helped provide the foundation for its amazing record of export-led development. The book is a must-read for those who study South Korean political economy.” — Terence Roehrig, United States Naval War College“In Diplomacy, Trade, and South Korea’s Rise to International Influence, Dennis Patterson and Jangsup Choi offer an insightful and creative analysis of South Korea’s diplomatic achievements. Unlike most studies that see development in South Korea’s diplomatic relations simply as a byproduct of its economic miracle, Patterson and Choi emphasize the significance of diplomatic efforts as an independent factor in South Korea’s rise into a middle power. Their innovative analysis contributes to the literature of South Korean foreign relations and is undoubtedly a must-read for scholars as well as policymakers.” — Min Ye, Coastal Carolina University
Although the book "Diplomacy, Trade and South Korea's Rise to International Influence" does not discuss politico-military influences, it delves into the details of a soft side of the country's international influence: the politics of diplomacy. The book offers another set of valuable insights on the past, present and future of the country's shared responsibilities on the stage of world politics. The book should be commended for employing a mixed strategy of qualitative and quantitative approaches.