May 17, 2022

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South Korea’s unification school stokes controversy

Materials appear caught between cooperation, unification-through-absorption themes

Since day one of her administration, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has given Korean unification a prized position in her rhetorical repertoire.

Park’s inauguration speech, delivered in February 2013, set the tone of her tenure with a pledge to work toward an “era of harmonious unification.” The next year, in the German city of Dresden, the president fleshed out a more detailed vision, calling for greater inter-Korean cooperation to build trust and, ultimately, achieve reunification.