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Why the Vietnam War matters to South Korean Military?

KyuDok Hong 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explains why the South Korean experiences in the Vietnam war matter to the Korean military and security managers who carefully design for the future. This study starts with analysing ten aspects of how the Vietnam War affects the nature of international politics and articulates nine strategic lessons from the the Vietnam War. This study continues to explain how the South Korean participation into the Vietnam war changed the U.S.-South Korea alliance as a whole, and particularly, the perception of U.S. military leaders. The study concludes that participation has positively influenced the professionalization of South Korean military. This study also recommends that security managers must look closely on how the leaders in the 1960s and 1970s had dealt with COIN and NEO. They are two important areas that still have clear implications for preparing future contingencies.

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