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Korean Endgame : A Strategy for Reunification and U.S. Disengagement - Selig S. Harrison

Korean Endgame

A Strategy for Reunification and U.S. Disengagement

Paperback Published: 21st August 2003
ISBN: 9780691116266
Number Of Pages: 448

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Nearly half a century after the fighting stopped, the 1953 Armistice has yet to be replaced with a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War. While Russia and China withdrew the last of their forces in 1958, the United States maintains 37,000 troops in South Korea and is pledged to defend it with nuclear weapons. In "Korean Endgame," Selig Harrison mounts the first authoritative challenge to this long-standing U.S. policy.

Harrison shows why North Korea is not--as many policymakers expect--about to collapse. And he explains why existing U.S. policies hamper North-South reconciliation and reunification. Assessing North Korean capabilities and the motivations that have led to its forward deployments, he spells out the arms control concessions by North Korea, South Korea, and the United States necessary to ease the dangers of confrontation, centering on reciprocal U.S. force redeployments and U.S. withdrawals in return for North Korean pullbacks from the thirty-eighth parallel.

Similarly, he proposes specific trade-offs to forestall the North's development of nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems, calling for the withdrawal of the U.S. nuclear umbrella in conjunction with agreements to denuclearize Korea embracing China, Russia, and Japan. The long-term goal of U.S. policy, he argues, should be the full disengagement of U.S. combat forces from Korea as part of regional agreements insulating the peninsula from all foreign conventional and nuclear forces.

A veteran journalist with decades of extensive firsthand knowledge of North Korea and long-standing contacts with leaders in Washington, Seoul, and Pyongyang, Harrison is perfectly placed to make these arguments. Throughout, he supports his analysis with revealing accounts of conversations with North Korean, South Korean, and U.S. leaders over thirty-five years. Combining probing scholarship with a seasoned reporter's on-the-ground experience and insights, he has given us the definitive book on U.S. policy in Korea--past, present, and future.

Industry Reviews

Winner of the 2002 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Government and Political Science, Association of American Publishers Finalist for the 2002 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize "At a time when North Korean nuclear developments have created a crisis in world affairs, we are fortunate to have this thoughtful and provocative book... [Harrison] covers a wide range of issues and much inside history, making this read ... valuable."--Foreign Affairs "At a time when North Korean nuclear developments have created a crisis in world affairs, we are fortunate to have this thoughtful and provocative book."--Lucian W. Pye, Foreign Affairs

Forewordp. ix
Overview: The United States and Koreap. xiii
Will North Korea Collapse?p. 1
The Paralysis of American Policyp. 3
Nationalism and the "Permanent Siege Mentality"p. 8
The Confucian Legacyp. 21
Reform by Stealthp. 25
Gold, Oil, and the Basket-Case Imagep. 48
Kim Jong Il and His Successorsp. 53
Reunification: Postponing the Dreamp. 67
Trading Placesp. 69
Confederation or Absorption?p. 74
The United States and Reunificationp. 102
Toward U.S. Disengagementp. 111
Tripwirep. 113
The United States and the Military Balancep. 124
New Opportunities for Arms Controlp. 138
Ending the Korean Warp. 154
The Tar Baby Syndromep. 174
Guidelines for U.S. Policyp. 190
Toward a Nuclear-Free Koreap. 195
The U.S. Nuclear Challenge to North Koreap. 197
The North Korean Responsep. 201
The 1994 Compromise: Can It Survive?p. 215
Japan and Nuclear Weaponsp. 231
South Korea and Nuclear Weaponsp. 245
Guidelines for U.S. Policyp. 257
Korea in Northeast Asiap. 285
Will History Repeat Itself?p. 287
Korea, Japan, and the United Statesp. 290
Korea, China, and the United Statesp. 306
Korea, Russia, and the United Statesp. 328
Then and Now: The Case for a Neutral Koreap. 347
Notes to the Chaptersp. 357
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780691116266
ISBN-10: 0691116261
Series: Century Foundation Book
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 21st August 2003
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Type: Revised