A permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula has yet to be achieved even though the Korean War came to a halt more than half a century ago. Without a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, the two Korean states are technically still at war. The current situation on the Korean peninsula is extremely tense and precarious, and tensions and distrust between the two Koreas and between the U.S. and North Korea escalated in the wake of North Korea's second underground nuclear weapons testing in 2009. The editors of this volume conceptually present a two-track (inter-Korean and international) approach to Korean peninsula peace-regime building. They argue that an inter-Korean and international approach should be pursued simultaneously for the construction of a permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula. The contributing authors are established specialists and experts on Korean foreign relations and Northeast Asian international relations. As natives of the U.S., Korea, China, and Japan, they provide objective, scholarly and diverse perspectives on the Korean peace regime building.
'The seemingly intractable question of how to secure a permanent peace on the Korean peninsula is coming back onto the diplomatic agenda, and is closely linked to future prospects for denuclearization, inter-Korean relations, and regional stability. This volume carefully analyzes all of the pieces in this complex puzzle that must be aligned to achieve peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia.' Scott Snyder, Center for U.S.-Korea Policy, The Asia Foundation, USA 'This is a well-timed, well put-together book by expert editors and contributors on a topic of increasing interest…' International Journal on World Peace 'The authors are all experts and many have been involved in Korean issues and various discussions over the decades. There is a wealth of information in each paper… This volume is recommended for specialists focused on Korea and those who need to know the background and chronology of these issues as a basis for further research.' Australian Defence Force Journal
Contents: Introduction, Tae-Hwan Kwak and Seung-Ho Joo; Part I: The Inter-Korean Cooperation Approach to Korea Peace Regime Building: A creative formula for building the Korean Peninsula peace regime, Tae-Hwan Kwak; An arms control approach to building a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula: evaluation and prospects, Yong-Sup Han; Peace regime building on the Korean Peninsula: process and impact, Seong-Ryoul Cho. Part II: The International Cooperation Approach to Korea Peace Regime Building: The quest for an effective North Korea srategy, C. Kenneth Quinones; The United States' role in the Korean peace regime building process, Edward A. Olsen; Still feeling for the stones while crossing the river?: China in peace and security regime building in Northeast Asia, Ren Xiao; Japan's role in the Korean peace building process, Yoshinori Kaseda; Russia's role in the Korean peace regime building process, Seung-Ho Joo; Conclusion: a summary and policy recommendations, Tae-Hwan Kwak and Seung-Ho Joo; Index.