This book addresses the issue that is whether the new Eas and West atmosphere of detente and arms reduction can smother the sparks of conflict on the Korean peninsula and perhaps illuminate the path to a Korea reunified as a democratic state.
Introduction and Overview -- The Global New Detente and the Korean Peninsula -- Global New Detente: Historical Perspectives -- U.S. Global Strategy in the New Era of Detente -- Global Detente and North Korea’s Strategic Relations -- Neo-Detente and North Korean Relations with China and the Soviet Union -- The Context for Arms Reduction -- The Balance of Power in the Western Pacific -- The Military Balance on the Korean Peninsula -- The Future of ROK–U.S. Military Relations -- The Future of ROK–U.S. Security Ties -- Soviet Foreign Policy and Its Implications for Peace and Security in Northeast Asia -- Sino–Soviet Rivalry in Korea -- Arms Control in Korea: Issues and Prospects -- Military Talks in Korea: An Overview -- Inter-Korean Military Negotiations and U.S.–South Korean Security Cooperation -- Operational Arms Control in Europe: Implications for Security Negotiations in Korea -- Lessons for Korea from Conventional Arms Control Talks in Europe -- The Unthinkable Thinking about the Korean Peninsula -- Conclusions and Policy Implications