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New South Korean President Brings Conservative Policy Change

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Publication Date: April 2008

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; engagement policy; Sunshine Policy

Type: Report

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.