Cyber Strategic Relations Between the United States and the Republic of Korea

  • 2017

Cyber Strategic Relations Between the United States and the Republic of Korea

Author:
Arlene Drew
Abstract:

This paper analyzes the cyber strategic relations between the United States of America and the Republic of Korea through historical and cultural lenses. The two nations created a strong military partnership for the overt reason of defending the region against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north. Historical and cultural factors have shaped the way the alliance operates, while developments in cyber capabilities and impactful events have directed its actions and motives in cyber defense. Other major actors and methods of cooperation also shape cyber diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. This paper examines the specific system used by the U.S.-ROK alliance called CENTRIXS-K and how it should be strengthened for the future. It also provides a cultural explanation for why relations have turned out the way they have, through civil-military relations and Greer Hofstede’s cultural dimensions. Finally, the foundations revealed in this paper highlight the current and future threats for cyber relations, while the limitations of this project and currently unfolding events point the way that future research should go.