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South Korea as a Fourth Industrial Revolution Middle Power?
Author: Dongwoo Kim
Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South
Published October 19, 2021
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This paper proposes a framework for conceptualizing middle powerism in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, using South Korea as an example. The paper argues that the systemic transformation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has created new openings for middle powerism, and proposes 1) technology, 2) networks, and 3) governance as factors that could enable it. Then, South Korea’s capacities in each of these three areas, potential barriers, and ultimately Seoul’s
capacity to act as a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” middle power are evaluated.

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