Edited by Jennifer I. Considine
Chapter 7: Republic of Korea’s energy security conundrum: the problems of energy mix and energy diplomacy deadlock
This chapter explores Republic of Korea (ROK)’s energy security priorities and problems. During President Park’s administration, ROK has faced a wide range of energy security problems. The nation’s energy diplomacy has virtually ceased to function for mostly domestic political reasons. Furthermore, the nation’s energy security has been endangered because ROK’s energy security policy has been poorly implemented with no concrete goals and no rational choice of energy mix plan. This chapter seeks to examine ROK’s most urgent energy security agenda and how the country should respond to these specific issues. Moreover, this study will investigate ROK’s energy mix policy in detail according to various energy resources. This chapter contends that the current problems of ROK’s energy security and the deadlock of ROK’s energy diplomacy stemmed from the ignorance of the exact definition of energy security at the national level among policymakers, academia, and various political groups including top leadership. ROK’s energy security is highly likely to experience significant disarray in the upcoming decades since the nation’s energy security clock has been reset to five years earlier during Park’s administration.
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