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South Korea's Mercurial Political Landscape

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Publication Date: September 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Bruce Klingner

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Foreign relations)

Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; six-party talks; South Korean election

Type: Report

Coverage: Korea (South)


U.S. policymakers should take advantage of a change in South Korean administrations to improve and transform the relationship. Washington and Seoul should also define the future of their military alliance. Washington should develop a broad-based coalition of government, business, and labor representatives to encourage South Korea's implementation of more extensive financial reforms to increase economic freedom and enhance investment.