At the 2020 World Health Assembly, South Korean President Moon Jae-in shared his country’s success fighting COVID-19 based on democratic institutions, science and technology. He has also pledged Seoul will become a world leader in human security cooperation. This reflects South Korea’s national identity as a rising middle power in Asia, in stark contrast to its colonised and war-ravaged past. Middle-power goals, such as strengthening diplomatic networks that implement multilateralism, are now a yardstick for South Korea’s foreign policy performance.
Shaping South Korea’s middle-power future
East Asia Forum Quarterly (EAFQ), 27 May 2020
Author: Leif-Eric Easley, Ewha Womans University
Leif-Eric Easley is Associate Professor in the Division of International Studies at Ewha Womans University, Seoul.
A longer version of this article appears in the most recent edition of East Asia Forum Quarterly , ‘ Middle Power Game ’, Vol. 12 No. 1.