Why should Americans worry about South Korean security? The answer is clear: North Korea, and beyond. Most international attention to the North Korea problem has focused on U.S. policy, but South Korea's longterm role may in fact be more important. South Korea's security is vital to peace and stability, not only in Northeast Asia but also the wider world.
Written by eminent scholars, practitioners, and policymakers with extensive on-the-ground experience, Beyond North Korea assesses the varied contexts—regional and global, traditional and nontraditional—that underpin South Korea's varied security challenges. What are South Korea's military requirements? How do relations with its neighbors enhance or undermine its position? What economic, environmental, and demographic factors come into play? This book reveals that South Korea's national security rests as much on sound domestic policy choices as on successful interstate relations.
General (retired) Byung Kwan Kim was the inaugural Koret Fellow for 2008-09 at the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. He was the Deputy Commander of ROK-US Combined Forces Command and the Commander of Ground Component Command.
Gi-Wook Shin is the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea in Sociology; senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; the director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center since 2005; and the founding director of the Korea Program, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development, democracy, and international relations.
David Straub is a researcher, author, and commentator on Korean Peninsula affairs and U.S.-Korea relations. Straub's current research is focused on the U.S.-ROK alliance response to the North Korea problem. He was associate director of the Korea Program at Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center from 2008 to 2017.