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About Stephen | Published Works

Selected Written Works

• Kim, Stephen Jin-Woo. Master of Manipulation: Syngman Rhee and the Seoul-Washington Alliance, 1953-1960. Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2001

This study analyzes the maneuvers for control and influence between the Americans and the South Koreans for military stability, political attention, and economic assistance in the seven-year period after the conclusion of the Korean War. Based on multi-archival research in the Republic of Korea and the United States, it is argued that Syngman Rhee resorted to the diplomacy of feigned collapse and manipulated weakness to maximize American attention and assistance. In its efforts to put the containment policy to practice, the Eisenhower administration resorted to soft and hard measures to contain its unpredictable Korean ally. Rhee’s skillful exploitation of Korea’s symbolic – and later geopolitical – prestige as an anti-colonial but anti-Communist Asian nation helped to redefine the rules of allied relations. Analyzing how a small nation influenced a global power underlines the minor power’s resourceful strategy of exploiting its weakness and illuminates the complexities of America’s predominance in the early years of the Cold War. From Korean threat of unilateral military action to American plans for Rhee’s overthrow, from manufactured national collapse to warnings of suspension of aid, U.S.-Korean relations in the years after the Korean War serves as a test case for the direction and character of trends in the post-Cold War era.

• Kim Stephen. “Alternative Proliferation and Alliance Futures in East Asia,” in Taming
the Next Set of Strategic Weapons Threats
, Henry Sokolski, ed. Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2006.

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• Kim, Stephen. “North Korea,” in Proliferation Challenges after Iraq. Washington: Woodrow Wilson International Center and Reves Center for International Studies of

The College of William and Mary, 2003

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