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The Pacific War left deep footprints in East Asia. Though 75 years have passed since the war ended, East Asia is still not free from its legacies.

In this report, Cheol-Hee Park looks into three legacies of the Pacific War still impacting East Asia today. Dr. Park argues that, although 75 years have passed since the war ended, East Asia is still not free from its legacies. This is especially the case across three specific issues: a divided Korean peninsula, the United States’ alliance system, and the unresolved burden of history. Dr. Park’s article reminds us why remembering the Pacific War and understanding its legacy remains important for understanding geopolitics in East Asia today.

This article is part of the Asia Program’s Legacy of the Pacific War series.

About the Author

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Cheol-hee Park

Professor, Seoul National University

Asia Program

The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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