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Lasting Legacies of An Unfinished War: James Person and William Stueck

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It would not be an exaggeration to claim that the Korean War shaped world history. There had been bloodshed elsewhere that bookmarked the start of the bitter conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union that would rage until 1991 – but it was Korea where the conflict was most pronounced.

But this pivotal event – as we observe it today in retrospect is also often deeply flawed.

We assume that the Korean War left the United States and South Korea closer together – military allies that would go on to fight together in Vietnam and the Middle East. And we assume that North Korea was determined to try their luck at a military invasion of South Korea again. History could not be further from the truth – the early years of the U.S.-Korea alliance were tenuous – one that was not expected to last too long – and the North Korean regime focused on developing its economy to garner legitimacy vis-a-vis their rival state in Seoul.

Discussing this and more, we have Professors James Person and William Stueck.

Just as a quick heads up, we have a really exciting event next week with Dr. Gordon Flake on what it means for Australia and South Korea to attend the G7 summit and what roles they might play in the geopolitical tension between China and the United States.

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