南韓有三種理由想要執行穩定行動，這些理由是（不分先後）：承擔美韓聯盟的職能責任；實現南韓對“國際社會”的義務感；這種行動是在任何一個倒坍政權包括朝鮮的情節劇中的必要工具，（Michael J. Finnegan 在《美-韓聯盟：應對新安全挑戰》（U.S.-ROK Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges）中闡明在美-韓聯盟下南韓採取的穩定和重建行動在朝鮮的不穩定事件中存在的潛在利益。）根據對於南韓外交官的採訪，這些發展工作者和軍人在剛剛過去的一年裡已經開始行動了。在部署帕爾旺地方重建部隊的決定上，三種因素都發揮了作用，它也是在南韓內政和外部美-韓聯盟的各種動力下審時度勢地選擇的結果。南韓是否繼續維持這些行動能力實際上是一種政治決定，難以預測。
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By Scott A. Snyder
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