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Title: Dividing the Korean Peninsula : the rhetoric of the George W. Bush administration
Authors: Teo, Sarah
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Economic development
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Teo, S. (2012). Dividing the Korean Peninsula : the rhetoric of the George W. Bush administration. (RSIS Working Paper, No. 245). Singapore: Nanyang Technological University.
Series/Report no.: RSIS Working Papers ; 245/12
Abstract: This paper suggests that an examination of the discourse and rhetoric of the George W. Bush administration offers a more comprehensive understanding of the developments that occurred during the years of South Korea’s Sunshine policy (1998-2008). Such an approach supplements the traditional neorealist perspective and helps to account for the direction of certain policies. The paper argues that in its inter-Korean discourse, the Bush administration framed South Korea as an ally and partner against North Korea, while imagining the North as part of the “axis of evil” and a threat to international security. Since the US occupies an essential role in inter-Korean affairs, its framing of North and South Korea as unalterable opposites impeded inter-Korean reconciliation under the Sunshine policy. Rhetoric from two events will illustrate this point – the 2001 US-South Korea summit and the 2004 US Presidential Elections campaign.
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