South Korea And The United States: A Conference Report
By Susan Moffat
The Asia Society, 1988, 38 pp
Alliance Under Tension: The Evolution Of South Korean-U.S. Relations
By Manwoo Lee, Ronald D. McLaurin and Chung-in Moon
Westview Press/Seoul: Kyungnam University Press, 1989, 228 pp
The Asia Society conference report provides a solid overview of U.S.-R.O.K. relations with stress on political and security issues. The conference in 1988 at Wingspread (in Racine, Wisconsin) brought together a number of prominent academics and officials from the United States and South Korea. The report has incisive sections on contemporary R.O.K. politics and economics, North-South Korean relations and the evolving role of the great powers in Korea. The volume published by Kyungnam University is another substantial addition to the literature. There are good chapters on anti-Americanism in South Korea by Manwoo Lee, on U.S.-R.O.K. security relations by Ronald D. McLaurin, and on the South Korean defense industry by Chung-in Moon. There is also an informative chapter by Moon on the South Korean lobby in Washington.