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South Korea as a global actor: international contributions to development and security

Südkorea als globaler Akteur: internationale Beiträge in Entwicklung und Sicherheit
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Olbrich, Philipp; Shim, David

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Corporate Editor GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies - Leibniz-Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien
Abstract South Korea recently hosted two major international events: the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in December 2011 and the Nuclear Security Summit in March 2012. Both meetings underscore South Korea's ambitions to increase its involvement in global development assistance and security. The Korean president Lee Myung-bak is pursuing a policy of international contributions with his "Global Korea" national security strategy. Foreign deployments of the South Korean military and an increase in development assistance are expressions of this policy. However, not only humanitarian reasons, but also the desire for global visibility, recognition and influence play a role in this context. South Korea joined the OECD's Development Assistance Committee at the end of 2009; ten years previously this committee had still classified the country as a recipient state. When deploying its military to foreign countries, South Korea's priorities are non-military assignments such as civil reconstruction, political consulting or medical support. The activities in the field of development assistance and security constitute core elements in the expansion of the country's role in international relations. Considering South Korea’s economic and political development since the state's inception in 1945, its further ascent in global politics cannot be ruled out.
Keywords South Korea; development aid; international cooperation; international security; security policy; deployment overseas; humanitarian aid; diplomacy; Far East
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords South Korea; development assistance; foreign military deployments; diplomacy
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
City Hamburg
Page/Pages 8 p.
Series GIGA Focus International Edition, 2
Status Published Version; not reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works