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Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle

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Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have been two of the most critical pillars of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region for the past thirty years. At the same time, their relationship has fluctuated markedly and unpredictably. Despite the existence of a common ally in the United States and common security threats from the former Soviet Union, China, ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Stanford University Press (first published May 1st 1999)
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Scott
Aug 09, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it
People who read this with the impression that the US is not important are largely missing the point. Victor Cha introduces and interesting approach to understanding security cooperation among two nations that are aligned but not allied under the influence of a superpower.

The problem presented is; Why do South Korea and Japan not cooperate despite strong structural forces for them to do so; ie. North Korea, the USSR and China. This is based on realist logic. Specifically defensive realism.
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Much more of an international outlook on the situation and how there needs to be a buffer between South Korea and Japan and etc etc and about how important the US is to the relationship. Kind of strange coming from a Korean dude.
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