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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

A Civilian Perspective on Defense Transparency in the Republic of Korea: The More, the Better?

October 01, 2011
Kang Choi


In a change from the past, the government of the Republic of Korea now emphasizes communication with domestic as well as external audiences. However, practices during past military authoritarian regimes have left a lasting, negative impression on the public. As a result, the government still suffers from a credibility gap, making it difficult to gain support at home for its defense policies. The government may need to rethink the methods and content of its communications on defense in the face of continued demands for more detailed and timely information.

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