New South Korean President Brings Conservative Policy Change
Publication Date: April 2008
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Bruce Klingner
Keywords: Asia and the Pacific; six-party talks; engagement policy; Sunshine Policy
Coverage: Korea (South)
Lee Myung-bak's pro-market economic principles, understanding of regional threats, and willingness to impose conditionality in South Korea's engagement policy are more in line with U.S. principles than were those of Roh Moo-hyun. If Lee effectively implements these values, South Korea will have a strong bond with Washington, regardless of which party occupies the White House after the 2008 U.S. election.