The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Sport Diplomacy, and North and South Korean relations

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This paper is concerned with the political implications of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. More specifically, this study considers the potential use of this premier winter sporting competition as a cultural diplomacy tool for facilitating inter-Korean dialogues and exchanges. Over the last few years, the political and military tension surrounding in this northeast Asian region has notably escalated. However, the newly elected president in the south shows a strong desire to improve its relationship with its northern siblings. In this respect, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in the South Korean town of PyeongChang offers a valuable opportunity to change the conflict-laden political climate. Given the peculiar political situation in the Korean peninsula wherein
ideological conflict and the desire for the reunification co-exist, the two-track approach, which aims to fortify its border against the North Korean act of aggression and attempts to amplify cultural communication channels
with the North, is crucial in order to host the Winter Olympics safely and successfully. Therefore, I argue that in the contemporary diplomatic scene, the role of soft power must not be overestimated and the utility value of
hard power must not be undervalued.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2017
EventGolden Games: Sport and Diplomacy in East Asia and Beyond - National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 11 Dec 201712 Dec 2017


ConferenceGolden Games
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