Why have efforts to dismantle the North Korean nuclear program failed so far? What can be done in order to achieve a peaceful and long-lasting resolution to this conundrum? To answer these questions, this monograph scrutinizes and refutes two prevailing academic-cum-policy approaches to the North Korean nuclear situation: the use of coercive tools within a general framework of containment, and bypassing the regime in Pyongyang and engaging the Korean people with the hope that they will gain enough power to transform North Korea into a democratic nuclear-free country. The author argues that neither of these approaches can provide any meaningful solution to the North Korean nuclear dilemma. Instead, he suggests that engaging the regime in Pyongyang and forgoing endeavors to forcefully push democracy in North Korea are inseparable prerequisites to a peaceful and lasting solution to this problem. (Originally published by the Strategic Studies Institute)
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Dr. Kwang Ho Chun is an International Scholar at the Department of Political Science at Kyung Hee University. Since September 2007, he has taught at the Defence Studies Department as a lecturer. He was previously a lecturer at Unite de science politique et des relations internationales, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Kwang holds a B.A. and M.A. from Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea, an M.A. in European studies and a Ph.D. in international relations from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
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