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South Korea's Scramble for Africa: Complexities and Implications

In: Asian International Studies Review
Author: Mark Curry
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South Korea had recently made agreements to secure large-scale deals in Tanzania, among other places, to secure cheap, long term agriculture supplies. Having limited experience in Africa, the potential for problems with Korea’s partners is great. The feasibility, desirability and legitimacy of such projects must be examined to forestall difficulties. Africa’s volatility and Tanzania’s complex historical context likewise need to be understood alongside Korea’s own history of colonization of Tanzanian indigenous people’s land. Also, Korea’s geopolitical standing and emergency as a developed county are implicated by such ventures. Significantly, securing future food resources by controlling large territories in distant continents is relevant to any discussion of Korea’s security and international relations.

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