Relations between the two Koreas continue to be hostile, volatile and unpredictable with North Korea’s nuclear issue remaining as untamed as ever. As such, there is a growing urgency for security cooperation in Northeast Asia to be given immediate attention. The key players in the region - the US, China, Japan and Russia - are keenly aware of the security threat of an armed clash between North and South Korea and are committed to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. This book explores the domestic factors of the two Koreas and the four major powers that influence their security policies towards North Korea and Northeast Asia. This well thought out and consistently analysed volume has huge potential to frame the conversation on Northeast Asian relations in the coming years.
’Kwak and Joo have assembled some of the top Korea scholars to produce an excellent book that is rich in historical and contemporary analysis and delves into both the domestic and international complexities of Northeast Asia and the North Korea problem. The many thought-provoking policy recommendations contained in these pages will give all who read this book much to ponder.’ Terence Roehrig, U.S. Naval War College, USA