North Korea is perilously close to developing strategic nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States and its East Asian allies. Since their first nuclear test in 2006, North Korea has struggled to perfect the required delivery systems. Kim Jong-un’s regime now appears to be close, however. Sung Chull Kim, Michael D. Cohen, and the volume contributors contend that the time to prevent North Korea from achieving this capability is virtually over; scholars and policymakers must turn their attention to how to deter a nuclear North Korea. The United States, South Korea, and Japan must also come to terms with the fact that North Korea will be able to deter them with its nuclear arsenal. How will the erratic Kim Jong-un behave when North Korea develops the capability to hit medium- and long-range targets with nuclear weapons? How will and should the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China respond, and what will this mean for regional stability in the short term and long term? The international group of authors in this volume address these questions and offer a timely analysis of the consequences of an operational North Korean nuclear capability for international security.
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About the Author
Sung Chull Kim is Humanities Korea Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University. He is also editor of the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding and the author or editor of several books including North Korea under Kim Jong Il: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance.
Michael D. Cohen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Security Studiesand Criminology at Macquarie University. His research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as The Journal of Global Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Strategic StudiesQuarterly, and The Non-Proliferation Review.
Table of Contents
Introduction: A New Challenge, a New DebateMichael D. Cohen and Sung Chull Kim1. North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Nonproliferation or Deterrence? Or Both?Patrick Morgan2. North Korea's Nuclear Doctrine and Revisionist StrategySung Chull Kim3. North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and No Good Options? A Controlled Path to PeaceMichael D. Cohen4. The Unraveling of North Korea's Proliferation Blackmail StrategyTristan Volpe5. Does Nuclearization Impact Threat Credibility? Insights from the Korean PeninsulaVan Jackson6. The North Korean Nuclear Threat and South Korea's Deterrence StrategyChaesung Chun7. Stability or Instability? The US Response to North Korean Nuclear WeaponsTerrence Roehrig8. Between the Bomb and the United States: China Face the Nuclear North KoreaFei-Ling Wang9. Spear versus Shield? North Korea's Nuclear Path and Challenges to the NPT SystemYangmo KuConclusion: Deterrence and BeyondSung Chull Kim and Michael D. CohenContributorsIndex
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Kim and Cohen's volume on North Korea offers a 360 degree view of one of the most vexing problems for US foreign policy and national security. The authors each bring a unique analytic angle to the problem ranging from deterrence theory to the foreign policies of key protagonists like the United States, South Korea, and China. There is something here for both the expert and the general reader who want to make sense of this enigmatic regime and its increasingly risk-acceptant behavior.
A set of first rate papers address the enduring North Korean nuclear saga and its strategic and political implications. The contributors capture the complexity of deterrence and compellence in Korea and the emerging strategic scenarios while providing fresh light on the choices the regional and international players are making. A must read for all interested in nuclear proliferation and East Asian security.