The Coming Age of South Korea: Power, Influence and Implications

  • Virginie Grzelczyk


In the past three decades, South Korea has transformed itself from an authoritarian, developing country to a consolidated democracy. These rapid and wide-ranging changes have required the country to embrace globalisation as well as to consolidate security partnerships with a number of allies. This chapter explores the argument that South Korea has been slowly changing from being a middle power to becoming a power in the middle, assuming a mediating role within a changing Northeast Asian region and beyond. The chapter examines the changes occurring within the current world system and Korea within the middle power rhetoric.


Middle power Globalization World system 


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  1. 1.Aston UniversityBirminghamUK

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