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1st Edition

One Korea
Visions of Korean unification

ISBN 9781138361355
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

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


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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.