Options for Increasing Europe’s Security Role on the Korean Peninsula

6 / 2014
Mason Richey
Ohn Daewon

Mainstream thinking about the role of the European Union in East Asia usually rests on non-traditional security threats such as human and environmental security. In contrast, and within the context of the continuing instability on the Korean peninsula, this Policy Brief looks at the potential for EU-Republic of Korea cooperation on hard security matters. This Policy Brief surmises that there is much room for cooperation that chimes with the objectives of the European Security Strategy and its Implementation Report. The Policy Brief concludes that the EU and Member States will need to balance desirability and ambition if coherent and effective EU-ROK cooperation is to emerge.

About the authors

Daewon Ohn is Director of the Centre for International Cooperation and Strategy and Professor of International Relations in the Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea. He writes here in a personal capacity.


Mason Richey is Associate Professor of Politics in the Department of EU Studies at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies,Seoul, South Korea. He writes here in a personal capacity.