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One Korea

Visions of Korean unification, 1st Edition

Edited by Tae-Hwan Kwak, Seung-Ho Joo


222 pages

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On the Korean peninsula, there exist two sovereign states—the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea)—both of whom hold separate membership at the United Nations. This book discusses the construction of "one Korea" and highlights the potential benefits of unification for the Koreans and the international community. Arguing that Korean unification is intrinsically international in nature, the authors outline how the process and outcome would impact upon the policies of the four major powers—the U.S., China, Russia, and Japan. In addition, the authors highlight the possible far-reaching repercussions of unification on the political and economic dynamics of Northeast Asia. Making a case for the two Koreas and interested powers to plan and orchestrate their acts for sustained peace and gradual unification on the Korean peninsula, this book examines the Korean question and the related issue of peace building in Northeast Asia from a global perspective. It will be of interest to students and scholars researching politics and international relations.

Table of Contents


Tae-Hwan Kwak & Seung-Ho Joo

1. One Korea Unification Vision Through Neutralization

Tae-Hwan Kwak

2. North Korean Unification Strategies: Strategic Culture and Future Prospects

Sachio Nakato

3. U.S. Policy toward Korean Unification and the Policies of the ROK and the DPRK

Edward A. Olsen

4. The Future Vision of a Unified Korean Peninsula: A U.S. Perspective

Tong Kim

5. Obama’s Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula: A Korean Perspective

Taehyung Ahn

6. Maintaining the Status Quo or Promoting the Reunification of the Korean Peninsula?:

A Chinese Perspective

Cai Jian

7. China and Korean Unification Strategies: A Korean Perspective

Taewan Kim

8. The Future Vision for a United Korean Peninsula: A Russian Perspective

Alexander Zhebin

9. Russia and Unified Korea: A Korean Perspective

Seung-Ho Joo

10. Japan’s Policy Regarding Korean Rapprochement and Unification

Yoshinori Kaseda


Tae-Hwan Kwak & Seung-Ho Joo

About the Editors

Tae-Hwan Kwak is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, USA.

Seung-Ho Joo is Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Morris, USA.

About the Series

Rethinking Asia and International Relations

Rethinking Asia and International Relations
This series provides thoughtful consideration both of the growing prominence of Asian actors on the global stage and the changes in the study and practice of world affairs that they provoke. It offers a comprehensive parallel assessment of the full spectrum of Asian states, organisations, and regions and their impact on the dynamics of global politics. The series encourages conversation on: ¢ What rules, norms, and strategic cultures are likely to dominate international life in the 'Asian Century'; ¢ How will global problems be reframed and addressed by a 'rising Asia'; ¢ Which institutions, actors, and states are likely to provide leadership during such 'shifts to the East'; ¢ Whether there is something distinctly 'Asian' about the emerging patterns of global politics. Such comprehensive engagement not only offers a critical assessment of the actual and prospective roles of Asian actors, but rethinks the concepts, practices, and frameworks of analysis of world politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General