Lauren Sukin explains the results of her research experiments, suggesting that US security guarantees extended to Seoul can backfire, leading to increased support for South Korea going nuclear.
With the field of Korean Studies (hopefully) chastened by the exposure of Charles Armstrong’s misconduct, Sino-NK reflects on the case and our role in it.
Was Syngman Rhee as explicitly anti-communist as he is often portrayed? How prominent a role did ideology play in Rhee’s role as a statesman and founding father of the Republic of Korea? Historical documents indicate things are more complicated than commonly assumed. A new working paper in the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) considers the evidence.
Contrary to extant findings, evidence suggests the origins of South Korea’s industrial and economic transformation predated Park Chung-hee’s rise to power. A forthcoming piece for the Journal of Contemporary Asia argues that sweeping land reforms implemented in South Korea in the post-liberation period laid the foundations of the country’s economic development and industrial transformation.