Date of Award

5-2013

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Kai He

Abstract

South Korea and Japan usually cooperate but occasionally experience periods of conflict that disrupt their relationship. This paper seeks to explain those sporadic periods of conflict using a dynamic theory. This theory posits that South Korean leadership power status coupled with Japanese action on sensitive issues will lead to a period of conflict. President Kim Dae Jung’s administration serves as the case study for this paper.

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