One Korea: Visions of Korean unification

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Tae-Hwan Kwak, Seung-Ho Joo
Taylor & Francis, Nov 10, 2016 - Political Science - 234 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 One Korea unification vision through neutralization
10
strategic culture and future prospects
31
3 US policy toward Korean unification and the policies of the ROK and the DPRK
52
a US perspective
77
a Korean perspective
98
6 Maintaining the status quo or promoting the reunification of the Korean peninsula? A Chinese perspective
114
a Korean perspective
129
a Russian perspective
148
a Korean perspective
166
10 Japans policy regarding Korean rapprochement and unification
186
Conclusion
206
Index
211
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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.

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