Jaehan Park examines the policies of conservative presidents Roh Tae Woo and Kim Young Sam to determine whether their policies toward North Korea were markedly different. In his analysis, he asks three key questions. First, does the prevalent narrative that conservative presidents take a more hardline stance against North Korea hold? If not, what is the source of the divergence? Second, did individual leaders, namely presidents, matter in the conduct of reunification policy? If so, how did their character and leadership affect inter-Korean relations? Finally, what are the policy implications?

Read “Presidential Leadership and Inter-Korean Relations:  A Comparative Study on Roh Tae Woo’s and Kim Young Sam’s Reunification Policies,” by Jaehan Park

Jaehan Park is a Ph.D. student at SAIS. Prior to SAIS, Mr. Park served in the ROK Army as an intelligence officer for three years, during which he assisted the South Korean government’s delegation to Libya led by the Deputy Minister of National Defense for Personnel & Welfare in the aftermath of Gaddafi’s ouster. His other military experiences include ‘11 Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise, and defense cooperation with the Kingdom of Belgium and the United States. Park was honorably discharged with the rank of first lieutenant. Previously, he worked in the financial industry. Mr. Park earned an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from SAIS with dual concentrations on Korea Studies and Global Theory & History, and a B.A. in business administration from Yonsei University.

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