Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and the Korean Peninsula Security Dilemma


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  • Eunike Adelia Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Christian University of Indonesia
  • Andrew Taarega Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Christian University of Indonesia


THAAD, conflict on the Korean peninsula, United States of America, China, Security dilemma


          This paper analyzed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) American anti-ballistic missile system capability of causing instability and security dilemmas in the Korean Peninsula. Qualitative research was done. Tensions have fluctuated in the Korean Peninsula since division along the 38th parallel north began in 1945. Pyongyang continues to augment its nuclear capabilities, while Seoul bolsters its military strength through alliances. In 2017, South Korea advanced relations with the United States of America by installing THAAD.  Seoul and Washington, D.C. strategies are identical, to defend against Pyongyang's expanding nuclear capability. Research findings were that although THAAD is a defensive system, it may cause instability and new security issues. Its radar capability of up to 2,900 kilometers (KM) allows Washington to observe Chinese missiles. China has made efforts to undermine THAAD effectiveness in protecting South Korea from North Korean missiles. Regional security dilemmas remain unresolved.


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How to Cite

sigit, Adelia, E. ., & Taarega, A. . (2022). Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and the Korean Peninsula Security Dilemma. Thai Journal of East Asian Studies, 26(2), 53–74. Retrieved from https://so02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/easttu/article/view/258313



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