Politics, International Relations and Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

Lim, Sojin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1395-7672 (2023) Politics, International Relations and Diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-1-032-49192-9, 978-1-032-49193-6, 978-1-003-39256-9

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003392569


This edited volume explores the past, present, and future of the Korean Peninsula, with special focus on South Korea, by connecting developments in politics with those in international relations and diplomacy.

The book focuses on how South Korea’s politics and international relations have evolved since the founding of the First Republic in 1948, with particular attention to the period surrounding the 2022 presidential election. The authors provide new insights into Korean politics, including South Korean electoral reform and relations with China and Japan, North Korea’s nuclear capacity, and North–South diplomacy.

Beginning with a commentary by Colin Crooks, Britain’s current Ambassador to South Korea and former Ambassador to North Korea, on recent British foreign policy changes and UK–Korea relations, this book will appeal to scholars and students of politics, international relations, diplomacy, and Korean Studies.


Section title
Section author
Sojin Lim
Colin Crooks
Out of Proportion: Electoral Reforms and Representative Democracy in South Korea
Hannes Mosler
South Korea’s Democratic Experience: Political Leadership and Civil Society
Kyounghee Cho
What Role to Play? Assessing the Republic of Korea’s Future Nuclear Diplomacy
Virginie Grzelczyk
Reassessing the Korea-China-Japan Trilateral Summits: The Limits of Institutionalism in East Asia
Ed Griffith
Diplomatic Competition Between North and South Korea in the Southern Cone, 1950–1977
Camilo Aguirre Torrini
Why Presenting a Foe as a Friend Can Make Sense: Explaining Shifts in North Korea’s Construction of a South Korean Threat in State Media
Benedikt Christoph Staar

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