This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Gregg Brazinsky. They speak about the Cold War period, the Sino-American rivalry at this time, the competition for allies and friendly regimes across the third world, the history that, in-part, motivated China’s rise, the reasons for American resistance, how these attitudes and this history still animates the behaviour of these two global powers; America’s nation building efforts during the Cold War, the central role that Korea came to hold in these efforts, the reasons for such high-levels of American commitment at the time, how Koreans embraced, adapted and made American policies their own, the potential value of a ‘Developmental Autocracy’, and the legacy of this unique alliance today.
Gregg Brazinsky is a professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University. He is the author of ‘Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War’ (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2017) and ‘Nation Building in South Korea: Korean, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy’ (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2007). Beyond this, Gregg has written numerous journal articles and op-ed pieces and is the Director of the George Washington University Cold War Group (https://www.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/programs/coldwar.cfm). Currently Gregg is working on two new projects: one focuses on cultural and economic relations between China and North Korea from 1950 to the present and the other focuses on American nation building in Asia.
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