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Washington’s Power Projection Platform in the Pacific

From: Patriots, Traitors and Empires


Chapter eleven, Washington’s Power Projection Platform in the Pacific focuses on the shift in shift in politics in South Korea by 1993. The Berlin Wall had fallen, the German Democratic Republic had dissolved, and Germany had reunified under a capitalist economic system, betokening, it seemed, a model for Korean reunification, in which the DPRK would surrender and willingly accept absorption into the ROK. More significantly, with the dissolution of the USSR the Cold War was over and capitalism had won. The chapter follows both ideas on what a possible Korean unification would mean, with the South supporting and the subordination of Korea to the US-dictated global order is a goal whose primacy exceeds the recovery of the one Korea, or the North’s vision which would see a unified communist Korean free from US imperialism.



Stephen Gowans

Stephen Gowans is an independent political analyst whose principal interest is in who influences formulation of foreign policy in the United States. His writings, which appear on his What’s Left blog, have been reproduced widely in online and print media in many languages and have been cited in academic journals and other scholarly works.