South Korea’s Hawkish New President Will Be Good for the Western Alliance


Published March 10, 2022

Washington Post

South Korea’s newly elected president, Yoon Suk-yeol, is a conservative who is expected to sharply move his country in a more hawkish direction. That’s great news for the United States and the world.

One might expect that South Korea would already be a relatively hawkish country. It borders the hermitic and tyrannical North Korea, which possesses nuclear weapons and regularly conducts provocative ballistic missile tests. It is a vibrant democracy and integrated with the global economy, so it is not a natural ally for China’s communist mercantilist regime. The United States stations thousands of troops in South Korea, both to protect it against invasion from the North and to keep an eye on Chinese ambitions.

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Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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