North Korea and the World: Human Rights, Arms Control, and Strategies for Negotiation

North Korea and the World: Human Rights, Arms Control, and Strategies for Negotiation

by Walter C. Clemens Jr.

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With nearly twenty-five million citizens, a secretive totalitarian dictatorship, and active nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs, North Korea presents some of the world's most difficult foreign policy challenges. For decades, the United States and its partners have employed multiple strategies in an effort to prevent Pyongyang from acquiring weapons of mass destruction. Washington has moved from the Agreed Framework under President Bill Clinton to George W. Bush's denunciation of the regime as part of the "axis of evil" to a posture of "strategic patience" under Barack Obama. Given that a new president will soon occupy the White House, policy expert Walter C. Clemens Jr. argues that now is the time to reconsider US diplomatic efforts in North Korea.

In North Korea and the World, Clemens poses the question, "Can, should, and must we negotiate with a regime we regard as evil?" Weighing the needs of all the stakeholders — including China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea — he concludes that the answer is yes. After assessing nine other policy options, he makes the case for engagement and negotiation with the regime. There still may be time to freeze or eliminate North Korea's weapons of mass destruction.

Grounded in philosophy and history, this volume offers a fresh road map for negotiators and outlines a grand bargain that balances both ethical and practical security concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813167466
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/22/2016
Series: Asia in the New Millennium
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Walter C. Clemens Jr., associate at the Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and professor emeritus of political science at Boston University, is the author of many books, including Dynamics of International Relations: Conflict and Mutual Gain in an Era of Global Interdependence and Getting to Yes in Korea.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Special Terms ix

Map of the Korean Peninsula x

Prologue: From Vienna and Moscow to Panmunjom xi

I Roots of Twenty-First-Century Problems

1 Why Care about North Korea? 3

2 How Korea Became Korea 17

3 How Korea Became Japan 45

4 How One Korea Became Two 61

5 How a Civil War Became Global 72

6 How North Korea Got the Bomb 90

II Policy Dilemmas

7 Human Insecurity and the Duty to Protect 113

8 Facing Up to Evil 134

9 Must We Choose between Peace and Human Rights? 150

10 Why Is North Korea Not the South? 160

11 GRIT at Panmunjom? How to Cope with Conflict 176

III Opportunities Aborted

12 The Agreed Framework Sets the Stage for a Grand Bargain 195

13 Bush Gets Tough with North Korea 207

14 Six-Party Hopes and Missed Opportunities 216

15 Obama and Kim Jong Un: Approach and Avoid 236

16 North Korea's Weapons of Mass Destruction 254

IV Policy Options amid Uncertainty

17 Revolutionary Pariahs: Why North Korea Is Not Iran 279

18 Basic Forces and Fortuna versus Human Factors 292

19 What to Do about-or with-China? 309

20 What to Do about-or with-North Korea? 329

Acknowledgments 353

Notes 355

Index 417

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