US-China Strategic Competition and South Korea’s Choice

Monday 13 February 2023 / 14:00 - 16:00 / Registration for participating at SU: / Online participation: Zoom

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What are the implications of the political, military, and technological developments deriving from the US-China strategic competition for the Yoon administration’s chances of establishing itself in the global order? What effect does this have on President Yoon’s vision of South Korea as a “global pivotal power” and his Indo-Pacific Strategy? This discussion will pay close attention to the military partnership between the US and the ROK and how it affects Sino-Korean ties. 

ISDP’s Korea Center together with Stockholm University are glad to present this guest lecture with Professor Kim Heungkyu, Director and Professor in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Ajou University. 

The lecture will begin with a short introduction by Riccardo Villa, after which Professor Kim will initiate the discussion about South Korea’s role in the global strategic competition between the US and China. The discussion will depart from a brief review of recent developments leading to the current state of the US-China strategic competition, before moving on to delineating how this impacts South Korea. Here, Professor Kim will explore the implications of the strategic competition on ROK policymaking under the Yoon administration. Given its longstanding military cooperation with the US and geographical proximity with China, South Korea is delicately positioned in the 21st century’s increasingly competitive and securitized world order. 


14:00-14:10 – Welcome & Introductory Remarks 

14:10-15:30 – Lecture, moderated by Riccardo Villa

15:30-16:00 – Q&A Session 

16:00 – Concluding remarks