by Christoph Bluth


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Korea is one of the critical flashpoints in the world today. News of North Korea's recent nuclear tests, conducted in defiance of international pressure, drew widespread condemnation and raised serious concerns about the threat now posed to regional and international security by the regime of North Korea's dear leader Kim Jong-Il.

This book penetrates the veil surrounding the conflict on the Korean peninsula and North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. It provides a thorough historical analysis of relations between the two Koreas since the Korean War, which traces both North Korea's path to economic ruin and South Korea's transition from struggling dictatorship to vibrant democracy.

As well as examining the political and economic development of North and South Korea at the domestic level, the book goes on to explore regional relations with Russia, China and Japan and, most importantly, America's dealings with Korea and its negotiations with North Korea, in particular. It concludes with an analysis of North Korea's current nuclear programme and its likely impact on international security in the 21st century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780745633572
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Series: Hot Spots in Global Politics Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Christoph Bluth is Professor of International Studies at the University of Leeds.

Table of Contents

Foreword (The Honorable Jin Park, Ph.D.) vi

Acknowledgements ix

Chronology xi

Map xxi

1 The Crisis on the Korean Peninsula 1

2 Korea: A Nation Divided 9

3 North Korea after the Korean War: The Long March to Ruin 22

4 South Korea after the Korean War: From Struggling Dictatorship to Vibrant Democracy 50

5 US–North Korean Relations and the First Nuclear Crisis 63

6 The 'Sunshine Policy': South Korean National Security Policy in a New Era 92

7 Renewed Confrontation and the Second North Korean Nuclear Crisis 110

8 The Military Confrontation on the Korean Peninsula 137

9 Understanding the Security Dilemma on the Korean Peninsula 169

References 193

Index 201

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