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Jeffrey Robertson

Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies
Yonsei University
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Dr. Jeffery Robertson is Non-Resident Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute, an Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Yonsei University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Korea Studies Research Hub, University of Melbourne. Before moving to academia, he worked for the Australian Government in the field of foreign policy and North Asia, focusing on China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan. He is author of multiple works on South Korea’s diplomatic practice and administration, including Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy: A Case Study of South Korea (Routledge, 2016), which explores analytical insight gained through the recognition and comprehension of diplomatic style. His research interests include diplomatic practice, foreign policy, Korean peninsula affairs. He writes and updates research at http://junotane.com and on Twitter @junotane.

Words and labels have power. They can frame the way we think, fortify assumptions, and build expectations. They also obfuscate and mislead. In academic, diplomatic and media settings, the routine descriptor to contextualize South Korea’s role in the world is “middle power.” We rarely think deeply about the term and are prone to ignore its…

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Region: Asia

October 13, 2023

Two decades ago, South Korea was rarely called a middle power. Today, it invites ridicule to suggest South Korea is anything but a middle power. Given the concept’s ambiguity and lackluster academic credentials, why did the definition become so widely applied? The immediate answer is obvious. South Korea started to be labeled a middle power…

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Region: Asia

October 3, 2023

There are a plethora of studies on South Korea as a middle power. Some argue Korea needs to change to fit the term, some reinvent the term to fit Korea, and still others just use the term without questioning. Very few ask why we bother at all. The modern term “middle power” is an historically…

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Region: Asia

September 28, 2023

On 26 April, President Yoon Suk Yeol will attend a State Dinner at the White House. Before, after and even during the polite dinner conversation, one question will recur: Why is South Korea, a leading middle power, not doing more to assist Ukraine? To date, South Korea has avoided sending military armaments to Ukraine. A…

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Region: Asia,Europe

April 20, 2023

During 2017-18, international attention turned to the Korean Peninsula as the threat of conflict reached new heights. This led to an explosion in the growth of “North Korea watchers”— the…

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Region: Asia

April 23, 2019

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) launched in August 2008 and transformed into a treaty-based inter-governmental organization in October 2012. The GGGI positioned South Korea at the forefront of a…

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Region: Asia

April 17, 2017