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South Korea’s Wartime Operational Control Transfer Debate: From an Organizational Perspective

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Authors
Yoon, Seoyeon
Issue Date
2015-12
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.22 No.2, pp. 89-108
Keywords
Wartime Operational ControlDecision-makingMilitary ElitesSouth KoreaOrganization
Abstract
President Roh Moo-hyun’s suggestion to have the Wartime Operational Control transfer from the U.S. to Korea caused a heated debate from 2005. The senior military elites gathered to systematically oppose the decision. Eventually, the decision was delayed twice from 2012 to 2015, and to 2020s. Why were the senior military elites so against the transfer? This research introduces a theoretical perspective that combines existing theories in organization studies, decision-making studies, psychology and security studies, and includes in-depth interviews as part of answering the question. Military change is not easy for a large organization, a bureaucratic organization, and a unique organization that has a special mission to win in wars.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96604
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area StudiesJournal of International and Area Studies vol.22 (2015)
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