Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - Political Science - 298 pages
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In "Red Rogue," Bruce Bechtol analyzes the changing nature of North Korea's national defense, foreign policy, and illicit economic activities in the post-9/11 era. He describes how North Korea has adapted to a changing global and regional environment to ensure regime survival and has often dictated the agenda in East Asia. Bechtol explains why North Korea frequently resorts to brinkmanship and provocations as foreign policy tools and why North Korea remains a threat to the United States and South Korea. After a detailed discussion of North Korea's internal politics and foreign policy, "Red Rogue" examines the diverging U.S. and South Korean assessments of security on the peninsula, the health of the rapidly changing South Korea-U.S. alliance, and the badly deteriorated South Korean civil-military relationship. Using a framework that focuses on diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments of national power, the author reveals the dynamic and complicated challenges for security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The reader will gain a clear perspective of the paradigm shifts in U.S., South Korean, and North Korean policies in recent years. The book is essential reading for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone who has an interest in East Asian affairs.
 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
PREFACE
1 INTRODUCTION
Framework of Analysis
Research Strategies and Sources
Outline of Chapters
PART I
CONTROVERSY AND BRINKMANSHIP
Can Kim Maintain South Korean Efforts at Reconciliation and Economic Support?
Can North Korea Maintain Momentum in Alienating the South Korean Public from the ROKUS Alliance?
Can Kim Control the Regime Succession Progress?
Can Kim Continue the Isolation and Control of the North Korean Populace?
Can Kim Maintain the Loyalty of the Second and ThirdTier Leadership?
Can Pyongyang Successfully Reinstitute the Public Distribution System?
Can Kim Maintain His Nuclear Programs in Face of International Pressure?
Can Pyongyang Continue its Illicit Activities and Proliferation?

North Koreas HEU Program
Nuclear Challenges in the Post911 Era
Challenges and Disappointments
Washington Seoul and a Nuclear North Korea
North Koreas Nuclear Test
Resumption of the SixParty Talks
Difficulties in Abandoning the Nuclear Program
PROLIFERATION DEPLOYMENT TESTING AND TOOLS OF FOREIGN POLICY
North Koreas Proliferation of Missiles
The Militar Threat from Pyongyangs Missile Arsenal
Intentions and Motivations
REALITIES THE EVOLVING DOCTRINE READINESS AND CAPABILITIES OF NORTH KOREAS CONVENTIONAL FORCES
Ground Forces
Air Forces
Naval Forces
Evolution of the Military Threat16
Longrange Artillery
Shortrange Missiles
Special Operations Forces
Motivations for Maintaining Conventional Forces
THE NORTHERN LIMIT LINE INCIDENT OF 20021
Intentional or Unintentional?
Origins of the Attack
Motivations for the Attack
Implications of the NLL Incident of 2002
NORTH KOREAS ILLICIT ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES
Illicit Operations and Money Laundering
Illegal Drug Operations
Counterfeit Currency Operations
Counterfeit Cigarettes
Profitibility of the Family Kim Industries
Seouls 20052006 Politics and Pyongyang
Countering Illicit Operations
OVERARCHING CHALLENGES AND MOTIVATIONS FOR THE KIM CHONGIL GOVERNMENT IN THE POST911 ERA
Can Kim Maintain His Militar With Drastically Limited Resources?
Can Kim Maintain Support From China?
Can Pyongyang Repair DPRKJapan Relations?
Conclusions
PART II
CHALLENGES FOR THE ROKUS ALLIANCE IN THE POST911 ERA1
Security Policies of the Roh Administration
The New Roh Doctrine?
Possible Alliance Alternatives
Key Concerns
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Current Strengths and Weaknesses of the ROKUS Alliance
Primary Challenges Facing the Security Policy Initiative
Sweeping Military Reforms in South Korea
Wartime Operational Control
Conclusions
THE IMPACT ON NORTHSOUTH RELATIONS AND THE ROKUS ALLIANCE1
The Historical Impact of CivilMilitary Relations on the Roh Administration
Strengths and Weaknesses that Roh Moohyun Brought to His Presidency
Roh Moohyuns DecisionMaking Process
The 2004 Naval Incident
The Vision of the National Security Council
The Future of CivilMilitary Reform
Altering the CivilMilitary Relationship
Conclusion
THE IMPACT OF THE POST911 ERA ON KOREAN SECURITY
North Koreas Use of Diplomacy in the Post911 Era
North Koreas Use of Information as a Tool of Coercion
Threat or Nuisance?
An Instrument of National Power?
The ROKUS Alliance and the Foreign Policy of Washington and Seoul
Implications for the Future
NOTES
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., is an associate professor of political science at Angelo State University and served as a visiting adjunct professor at the Korea University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, Korea. A former intelligence officer with the Defense Intelligence Agency and a retired Marine, he has lived and worked in Korea. He is the author of "Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea", as well as numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals relating to Korean security issues. He lives in San Angelo, Texas.

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