The impact of the US presidential election on the Korean Peninsula
On Nov. 26, Soongsil University Professor and ISC Advisor Lee Jeong Chul lectured on the impact of the President-elect Donald Trump's victory on the Korean Peninsula. Lee reflected on the Obama policy and the historical flow of US foreign policy and the global domestic context for Trump's victory. Trump's victory was part of a larger global phenomena of anti-neoliberalism that has emerged as neo-nationalism. This neo-nationalism manifests in both a conservative and progressive form. It can either emerge as anti-austerity protectionist left populists parties in Europe or as conservative xenophobia as in Britain with the Brexit. Trump's victory was simply a manifestation of this neo-nationalism in a particularly US form. Ultimately, the impact of neonationalism on foreign policy is that it moves away from Obama's multi-lateralism and values based diplomacy and towards more big power politics. While it is difficult to predict Trump's until next July when key cabinet positions are filled, one silver lining to the Trump victory may be that he would break free from Obama's failed North Korea policy of strategic patience that Hillary Clinton would have likely continued if she had been elected president.
Based on his analysis that Trump's victory is part of a larger global anti-neoliberalist phenomena of neo-nationalism.