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The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States

Scott Snyder and Brad Glosserman


Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also US allies. However, despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have driven a wedge between them. The book investigates the roots of this split and its ongoing threat to the region and the world. It isolates competing notions of national identity as the main obstacle to a productive partnership between Japan and South Korea. The book shows how fundamentally incompatible, rapidly changing conceptions of national ide ... More

Keywords: Japan, South Korea, open-market economy, national identity, Japan–Korea relationship, Northeast Asian allies, foreign policy, international relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171700
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171700.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Snyder, author

Brad Glosserman, author