Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bombby Charles L. Pritchard
Pub. Date: 05/28/2007
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
North Korea's development of nuclear weapons raises fears of nuclear war on the peninsula and the specter of terrorists gaining access to weapons of mass destruction. It also represents a dangerous and disturbing breakdown in U.S. foreign policy. Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb offers an insider's view of what went wrong and… See more details below
North Korea's development of nuclear weapons raises fears of nuclear war on the peninsula and the specter of terrorists gaining access to weapons of mass destruction. It also represents a dangerous and disturbing breakdown in U.S. foreign policy. Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb offers an insider's view of what went wrong and allowed this isolated nation a charter member of the Axis of Evil to develop nuclear weapons.
Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard was intimately involved in developing America's North Korea policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush. Here, he offers an authoritative analysis of recent developments on the Korean peninsula and reveals how the Bush administration's mistakes damaged the prospects of controlling nuclear proliferation. Although multilateral negotiations continue, Pritchard proclaims the Six-Party Talks as a failure.
His chronicle begins with the suspicions over North Korea's uranium enrichment program in 2002 that led to the demise of the Clinton-era Agreed Framework. Subsequently, Pyongyang kicked out international monitors and restarted its nuclear weapons program. Pritchard provides a first-hand account of how the Six-Party Talks were initiated and offers a play-by-play account of each round of negotiations, detailing the national interests of the key players China, Japan, Russia, both Koreas, and the United States. The author believes the failure to prevent Kim Jong Il from "going nuclear" points to the need for a permanent security forum in Northeast Asia that would serve as a formal mechanism for dialogue in the region.
Hard-hitting and insightful, Failed Diplomacy offers a stinging critique of the Bush administration's manner and policy in dealing with North Korea. More hopefully, it suggests what can be learned from missed opportunities.
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Table of ContentsPreface
1. Prelude to Crisis
PART I. The Role of Rhetoric: Getting to Yes
2. Confrontation over Highly Enriched Uranium
3. Influencing the Bush Team
4. Establishing a Multilateral Framework
Part II. Origin of the Six-Party Talks
5. Washington and Seoul: A Falling Out
6. The Players
PART III. Six-Party Talks
7. Six-Party Talks: A Scorecard
8. Rounds Four and Five: False Start or Cause for Optimism?
9. Consequences and Accountability
10. Missiles, Nukes, and Talks
11. Bilateral Engagement with Pyongyang: The Record
12. Establishing a Permanent Security Forum
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