South Korea qualifies as a middle power by most definitions of the contested term. As the strategic competition between the United States and China intensifies, South Korea, like other middle power countries, is likely to face pressure to align with one of the other great power. The country’s choices in areas such as supply chain resilience and protection of liberal democratic values could be particularly consequential.
School Authors: Catherine Z. Worsnop
Other Authors: Catherine Z. Worsnop, Karen A. Grépin, Kelley Lee, Summer Marion