South Koreans just elected a new president: Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party of Korea. Moon’s victory ends a decade of conservative-party-led government — and provides a bookend to a divisive political scandal, which saw President Park Geun-hye impeached in December.
In Washington, however, Moon’s presidency raises significant questions about potential friction over South Korean foreign policy, particularly regarding North Korea. Are U.S.-South Korean relations heading toward an alliance crisis?
Will Moon seek greater independence from Washington?
The two sides may experience growing pains. However, my research suggests there is significant alliance resilience among democratic partners — even in the face of leadership change.… Seguir leyendo »