Since taking office in May of 2022, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has worked to position South Korea to become a “global pivotal state” (GPS) that plays a bigger role in shaping international norms, promoting democracy, building strategic partnerships, and bridging ties between developed and developing countries. Can the Yoon government convert GPS from a foreign policy slogan to a long-term strategy? What role can South Korea play in the Indo-Pacific and beyond? What challenges and opportunities lie ahead for South Korean foreign policy in 2024?
On January 26, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a public webinar analyzing South Korea’s ambitions to be a global pivotal state and the implications of the direction of South Korean foreign policy. The webinar also discussed findings from a recent report published by Brookings Senior Fellow Andrew Yeo assessing the concept of GPS.
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