The Origin of the United States Security Commitment to the Republic of Korea
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis illuminates the nature of the United States security commitment to the Republic of Korea by analyzing its origin. It is concluded that the commitment is a function of the American approach to foreign policy, and especially US-Soviet relations, more than of any intrisically vital US interests in Korea. Korea policy from 1945 to 1953 is analyzed in terms of a debate between proponents of differing approaches to commitment. The seeming inconsistency between the 1949 troop withdrawal and the US intervention in 1950 is seen as the result of a shift in overall foreign policy rather than a reassessment of Koreas geostrategic importance to the United States.
- Government and Political Science