The economic relations between South Korea and the United States has been going on at a large and intensive rate since the late 1940’s. It was quoted that this relation did not have a chance of happening as South Korea was first set by the United States and was also saved from collapse resulted from the Korean War during 1950. After that, during the four decades after the Korean War, Seoul was no longer dependent on the United States in terms of economically, militarily, and politically. In the 1990s, the United States was interested in establishing a partnership with Seoul for progress, and ever since then, the Seoul-Washington relationship has continuously become a subject to severe and extensive strains.
The origins of the Seoul-Washington alliance began after the end of World War II where the United States was seeking to establish an alliance of economic, political, and cultural relations, known as the Bilateral Alliance with South Korea. The alliance between the two countries has three functions whereby, firstly, the bilateral alliance would act as a network that includes alliances and military installations that has been designed to alert for signs of the Soviet threat occurring in the Pacific region. Secondly, the alliance also includes military cooperation that would deter second attacks from North Korea. Lastly, the bilateral alliance restrains South Korea from engaging in activities related to adventurism.
Many books on the topic of the Korea-United States relations have been published for the purpose of understanding potential opportunities and dilemmas based on the recent developments by Korea. A book titled, “Korea-United States Cooperation in the New World Order”, edited by C.Fred Bergsten and Dr. Sakong II explained the history and its extensive details related to the alliance.
There are still many obstacles halting the progress of a full alliance between the United States and Korea. Many have raised questions about whether the alliance is worth the time and resources. Nonetheless, with political parties like these, it is often best to wait and see the outcome of this alliance.