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North Korea and Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia

By Tae-Hwan Kwak, Seung-Ho Joo Copyright 2014
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.

    Introduction, Tae-HwanKwak, Seung-HoJoo; Chapter 1 The Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through the Six-Party Talks, Tae-Hwan Kwak; Chapter 2 Northeast Asian Security Cooperation: Current Status and Future Prospects, Kyung-young Chung; Chapter 3 Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy in North Korea, Dongsoo Kim, Yongseok Choy; Chapter 4 South Korea’s Domestic Politics and Northeast Asian Security, Daniel A. Pinkston; Chapter 5 US Domestic Politics’ Impact on Policy toward North Korea: An Historical Perspective, C. Kenneth Quinones; Chapter 6 US Domestic Politics and North Koreaunder the Obama Administration, Taehyung Ahn; Chapter 7 Chinese Domestic Politics and Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia, Taewan Kim; Chapter 8 China’s Approach to North Korea and Northeast Asian Security Cooperation, See-Won Byun, Scott Snyder; Chapter 9 Japan’s Domestic Politics and North Korea, Yoshinori Kaseda; Chapter 10 Russia and North Korea: Nuclear Proliferation and Power Transition, Seung-Ho Joo; conclusion Conclusion, Tae-Hwan Kwak, Seung-Ho Joo;


    Dr Tae-Hwan Kwak is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Eastern Kentucky University, USA and Chair-Professor at Kyungnam University, Korea and Dr Seung-Ho Joo is Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota-Morris, USA.

    ’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