RUSI JournalVOLUME 169ISSUE 1/2

South Korean Military Power: Lessons Europe can Learn from Seoul


Arms Forces Day military parade of Korean Army in Seoul capital of South Korea on 26 September 2023. Courtesy of Mirko Kuzmanovic / Alamy Stock Photo


South Korea’s success in building its military capabilities provides a useful example for European powers.

The war in Ukraine has highlighted that, although the major European powers are among the largest defence spenders, they cannot efficiently translate their financial resources into military power. Bence Nemeth argues that South Korea and its military may offer some useful lessons for European NATO members. Seoul has a powerful military with a larger armed forces and more firepower and armour than European militaries. It also produces high-quality weapons systems and conducts larger military exercises than NATO, while having a smaller defence budget than European powers.

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