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Strategic Thinking about the Korean Nuclear Crisis: Four Parties Caught Between North Korea and the United States / Edition 1

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Often lost in the discussion about the nuclear crisis are its regional dynamics. Since 2002, China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea have struggled to navigate between the unsettling belligerence of North Korea and the unilateral insistence of the United States. This book focuses on their strategic thinking over four stages of the crisis. Drawing on sources from each of the countries, it examines how the four perceived their role in the Six-Party Talks and the regional context, as they eyed each other. The book emphasizes the significance of these talks for the emerging security framework and great power cooperation in Northeast Asia.

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"As the international community continues to grapple with the challenges posed by North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons, Professor Gil Rozman has made an important and timely contribution to the debate. Professor Rozman accurately portrays the competing and conflicting interests of the players in the Six-Party Talks and provides an insightful description of the miscalculations, misperceptions, and policy failings that have thus far prevented a resolution of this lingering crisis. I know of no scholar better equipped than Gil Rozman to put the nuclear crisis squarely in the context of the complex regional relations among the powers in Northeast Asia. Professor Rozman has performed a valuable service."
—Evans J.R. Revere, President, The Korea Society

"Professor Rozman's probing and insightful study of the interests and attitudes of 'the other four' countries in the Six-Party talks—South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia—makes clear why those talks have been so difficult but also why they must remain a major element in dealing with North Korea and its nuclear weapons. His book is essential reading not only for everyone concerned about the challenges posed by North Korea but for anyone who wants to understand the complexity and necessity of multilateral diplomacy in today's world."
—David Straub, former State Department Korean Affairs Director

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230108479
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Series: Strategic Thought in Northeast Asia Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Rozman is Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1970. His previous monograph was Northeast Asia's Stunted Regionalism: Bilateral Distrust in the Shadow of Globalization (2004). He also co-edited Korea at the Center: The Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia (2006).

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Table of Contents

Overview: The Nuclear Crisis and the Regional Context
• Navigating between the United States and North Korea
• The South Korean Response: The Nuclear Crisis
• The South Korean Response: The Regional Context
• The Chinese Response: The Nuclear Crisis
• The Chinese Response: The Regional Context
• The Japanese Response: The Nuclear Crisis
• The Japanese Response: The Regional Context
• The Russian Response: The Nuclear Crisis—Evgeny Bazhanov
• The Russian Response: The Regional Context

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