Accession Number : ADA182280

Title :   The Korean Question--Revisited.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI ADVANCED RESEARCH PROGRAM

Personal Author(s) : Philbrick,Steven H

PDF Url : ADA182280

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 92

Abstract : The question is whether to keep U.S. troops, particularly ground combat forces, in Korea as has been the practice since 1950 or to withdraw them as some propose. With increasing internal dissent in the R.O.K., a corresponding increase in the scrutiny of the American relationship with the incumbent Korean government will result. The intent of this study is to examine the purpose those forces serve--militarily and politically, and in a peninsular, regional and global context-- and, to what extent they aid in the protection of U.S. interests. The issue is reviewed from a macro perspective; a strategy and policy inquiry. Tactics is not the subject, Korea's importance to the United States is examined. U.S. policy and strategy is reviewed with emphasis on Korea'a role. The benefits that U.S. forces produce are presentes in contrast to those factors that could lead to the outbreak of hostilities. Additional factors that can impact on U.S. force presence are discussed. The study concludes that despite the risks involved, the forces stationed in the Republic of Korea serve a multitude of purposes that further American interests. Increased internal unrest within South Korea will undoubtedly create calls in the United States for sanctions based on human rights abuses.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *SOUTH KOREA, INFANTRY, LAND WARFARE, KOREA, UNITED STATES, MISSIONS, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE