Korea in the 21st Century

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Nova Publishers, 2001 - Political Science - 256 pages
At the turn of the second millennium, Koreans face multiple challenges at home and abroad. South Korea is still in the throes of democratisation and economic reforms, while North Korea faces food shortages and other economic difficulties. The two Koreas need to manage the unification process so as to bring about national harmony and promote economic prosperity. The Korean people need to devise a new security strategy for a unified Korea to ensure its survival and independence in the early 21st century. This collection is divided into three parts, and each addresses an important issue area confronting the Korean people in the 21st century. Part I examines South Korea's democratisation and economic reforms against the backdrop of the East Asian financial crisis. Part II discusses the problems and prospects for inter-Korean relations and the characteristics of North Korea's foreign policy behaviour. Part III analyses South Korea's security relations with the four major powers at the turn of the new millennium. All chapters are written by renowned experts in their fields and offer valuable insights into the dynamics of the two Korean's domestic politics and foreign policy.
 

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Contents

The Politics of Dual Transition in South Korea Economic Restructuring and Democratic Deepening
3
Neither Miracle nor Meltdown Explaining the Historical Pattern of Korean GovernmentBusiness Relations
19
Party Preferences Electoral Institutions and the Rational Choice in Korea
53
Part II Foreign Relations
69
Japans Engagement of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea 19902000
71
Patterns in North Koreas Diplomatic Style
107
Sources of North Koreas Foreign Policy Leverage toward the US The Case of the Nuclear Deal
131
Multilateral Approaches to the Korean Peace Process
151
Part III Security Relations
181
US Security Policy and the Two Koreas
183
Security Relations Between the ROK and Russia The Military Dimension
195
Chinas Security Concerns over the Korean Peninsula
215
South Koreas Security Relations with Japan A View on Current Trend
233
Index
249
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