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Disarming Strangers : Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea - Leon V. Sigal

Disarming Strangers

Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea

Paperback Published: 21st July 1999
ISBN: 9780691010069
Number Of Pages: 336

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In June 1994 the United States went to the brink of war with North Korea. With economic sanctions impending, President Bill Clinton approved the dispatch of substantial reinforcements to Korea, and plans were prepared for attacking the North's nuclear weapons complex. The turning point came in an extraordinary private diplomatic initiative by former President Jimmy Carter and others to reverse the dangerous American course and open the way to a diplomatic settlement of the nuclear crisis.

Few Americans know the full details behind this story or perhaps realize the devastating impact it could have had on the nation's post-Cold War foreign policy. In this lively and authoritative book, Leon Sigal offers an inside look at how the Korean nuclear crisis originated, escalated, and was ultimately defused. He begins by exploring a web of intelligence failures by the United States and intransigence within South Korea and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Sigal pays particular attention to an American mindset that prefers coercion to cooperation in dealing with aggressive nations. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with policymakers from the countries involved, he discloses the details of the buildup to confrontation, American refusal to engage in diplomatic give-and-take, the Carter mission, and the diplomatic deal of October 1994.

In the post-Cold War era, the United States is less willing and able than before to expend unlimited resources abroad; as a result it will need to act less unilaterally and more in concert with other nations. What will become of an American foreign policy that prefers coercion when conciliation is more likely to serve its national interests? Using the events that nearly led the United States into a second Korean War, Sigal explores the need for policy change when it comes to addressing the challenge of nuclear proliferation and avoiding conflict with nations like Russia, Iran, and Iraq. What the Cuban missile crisis was to fifty years of superpower conflict, the North Korean nuclear crisis is to the coming era.

Industry Reviews

Winner of the 1998 Book of Distinction on the Practice of Diplomacy, The American Academy of Diplomacy "Sigal makes it disturbingly clear how close the world came to war in Korea in 1994. The product of hundreds of interviews, Disarming Strangers is also the most rigorously detailed account of U.S. policy towards North Korea yet published, and it will remain so for many years... An important and superbly researched book."--Michael J. Mazarr, Survival "This is a thought-provoking and disturbing book on American and North Korean diplomatic relations. Disarming Strangers is also an extremely well-researched study."--Bill Drucker, Korean Quarterly

prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Disarming Strangersp. 2
Uncooperative Americap. 3
Coercion Failsp. 15
The Bush Deadlock Machinep. 17
The Clinton Administration Ties Itself in Knotsp. 52
A "better Than Even" Chance of Misestimationp. 90
Deadlockp. 124
Cooperation Succeedsp. 129
Open Covenants, Privately Arrived Atp. 131
Getting to Yesp. 168
Conclusionsp. 205
Nuclear Diplomacy in the News-an Untold Storyp. 207
The Politics of Discouragementp. 229
Why Won't America Cooperate?p. 244
Appendixesp. 255
Appendix I: North Korea's Tit-For-Tat Negotiating Behaviorp. 257
Appendix II: Key Documentsp. 260
Notesp. 265
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780691010069
ISBN-10: 0691010064
Series: Princeton Studies in International History and Politics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st July 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.29 x 15.19  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.48

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