New Policy Brief: Moon’s Election and the Security of the Korean Peninsula

In this Policy Brief, IES Research Professor Luis Simón zooms in on the election of Moon Jae-in as 12th President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), in particular with respect to the future of South Korea’s foreign and defense policies. He argues that Moon’s willingness to reach out to North Korea and China means engagement is likely to become a distinguished feature of his foreign policy inventory. However, the reality of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program sets clear limits to a possible policy of engagement and underscores the increasing importance of both Washington and Tokyo to South Korean security.

This Policy Brief is part of the KF-VUB Korea Chair, which serves as an independent platform in Brussels to advance academically rigorous and informed discussions on policy questions that are of relevance to the Republic of Korea and Europe.

Read this Policy Brief here.