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Robert Gilpin, Hegemonic Transition and China

Robert Gilpin and Thucydides both wrote about the problems of hegemonic transition, however, unlike Thucydides, Gilpin’s work presents a systematic theory instead of a historical account. Gilpin wrote his book War and Change in World Politics in 1981 during the … Continue reading

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Norman Angell- Can Economic Interdependence stop U.S.-China Conflict?

In 1910, Englishman Norman Angell wrote the book The Great Illusion to address the myth that nations could economically benefit from war. At the time that Angell was writing, popular and elite opinion assumed that a nation’s political power determined … Continue reading

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The real Thucydides’ trap

Thucydides was an Athenian General and historian who chronicled the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens that occurred from 431to 404 BC. Thucydides work is a classic book about the perils of hegemonic transition and great powers war. Thucydides explained … Continue reading

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U.S.-ROK Alliance- Restraining South Korea

The first priority of the U.S. alliance is to deter North Korea from invading South Korea again. The second priority of the alliance less advertised and less known; it is to restrain South Korea from provoking a war with North … Continue reading

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South Korea Abandonment Fears

Throughout the history of the alliance, South Korea has faced abandonment fears stemming from the possibility that their great power sponsor would remove its troops from the Korean peninsula and end or weaken the alliance. South Korea’s fear is a … Continue reading

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South Korea Abandonment Fears

Throughout the history of the alliance, South Korea has faced abandonment fears stemming from the possibility that their great power sponsor would remove its troops from the Korean peninsula and end or weaken the alliance. South Korea’s fear is a … Continue reading

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Importance of Modern Anti-Americanism on the U.S.-ROK alliance

Now ROK perceptions of the United States and the U.S.-ROK alliance are strongly positive, but as the history has shown, this can easily change. Wide varieties of incidents in the past have provoked rampant anti-Americanism, and it is unlikely that … Continue reading

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Origin of the U.S.- South Korea Alliance

The U.S. military was involved in Korea before the founding of the ROK itself, and was instrumental in shaping the early ROK government. After the Pacific War against Japan, the United States took control over the southern half of the … Continue reading

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Contemporary South Korean and U.S. Views on the Alliance

The U.S.-ROK alliance was built on the logic of the Cold War and kept in place by authoritarian leaders in South Korea.  The shift away from these two key realities has led many on both sides to seek to change … Continue reading

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The effect of human rights concerns on U.S.-East Asia relations

Human rights are a major area of contention in relations between the United States and East Asia.  At times, there is conflict because of different cultural perceptions of human rights, and other times there is conflict due to perceived American … Continue reading

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