|within the decade, and especially within the last five years, there has been major changes in ROK politics, considering the fact that post-war ROK generation has finally became a voice to be reckoned with.
on the downside, especially after the 9-11, there has been frictions between ROK and the US, over what to do w/ the Norks.
so far, it appears that the ROK-USA alliance has mostly been the continuation of the Cold War politics, while neither one of them have redefined their alliance to take account of the post-Cold War era. and the lack of adjustments have been unhelpful so far ...
nevertheless, ROK & USA alliance, despite occasional TV blurbs, is still relevent for the core strategic interests for both the ROK and the USA.