South Korea’s changing political environment and the impact on its Africa policy

African East-Asian Affairs

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Title South Korea’s changing political environment and the impact on its Africa policy
 
Creator Kim, Yejoo
 
Description While political and economic self-interest retains its primacy in South Korea’s foreign policy towards Africa, recent domestic constraints have negatively affected its Africa policy. This article sheds light on the subtle differences between Roh and Lee’s stances towards Africa on the one hand and that of Park on the other hand; whilst further looking at the origin of those differences by examining the political environment of the current administration. The deterioration of inter-Korean relations has led to South Korea’s returning to a foreign policy in which security is primary. Simultaneously, resource diplomacy has faced growing criticism from the public and has lost its legitimacy as a basis for engagement with the continent. These two processes have had an impact on the re-orientation of South Korea’s foreign policy towards Africa. Africa has, again, been placed at the periphery of South Korea’s foreign policy.
 
Publisher Centre for Chinese Studies
 
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Date 2016-12-09
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://aeaa.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/185
10.7552/0-4-185
 
Source African East-Asian Affairs; No 4 (2016)
2308-8699
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://aeaa.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/185/142
 

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