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The Process and Evaluation of ROK Army Dispatch to Vietnam

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2014, 29(2), pp.69-94
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2014.29.2.003
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Jeongwoo Lee 1 정재흥 1

1경남대학교 극동문제연구소

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The first ROK army dispatch abroad executed 50 years ago in Vietnam. This was the turning point, not only the history of Korean army’s overseas footprint, but also in South Korea’s dynamic history of economic development. The policy of a certain country is not formatted or developed only according to a regime’s intention. Decision-making is built up through various elements that are caused by domestic and international factors. In this context, the ROK army dispatch to Vietnam is thought of as the result of a complete mixture of the Park Jung Hee administration’s judgements on its interests domestically and national interests internationally in the lens of the US-ROK relationship and alliance. The current situation is not that different from 50 years ago for South Korea. North Korea’s military threat still exists, the US and China’s relationship is unstable, and South Korea is still quite dependent on US for security. In this circumstance, South Korea could soon face a ‘crucial’ choice as it did in the Vietnam War era. Therefore, the ROK army dispatch to Vietnam 50 years ago and the South Korean government’s choice should be a good lesson on making a wise choice whether positively or negatively.

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