Beyond traditional security: South Korea’s positioning towards the cyber, energy, maritime and trade security domains
Contributors: Sung Kyoo Ahn, Maximilian Ernst, Tongfi Kim, Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Riccardo Villa
This report sets out to analyse South Korea’s positioning in non-traditional security. Since the end of the Cold War, non-traditional threats have become more central to the national security of countries everywhere across the world. South Korea is no exception. However, most existing analyses of South Korea’s security tend to focus on traditional issues and great power politics, most notably North Korea’s military capabilities or Sino-American rivalry and the threat that each of them poses to South Korea. This report helps to address this imbalance in our understanding of threats to South Korean national security. The report analyses non-traditional security by focusing on four key domains: cyber, energy, maritime and trade.