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A New Alliance for the Next Century: Future of the U.S.-Korean Security Cooperation

Pollack, Jonathan D., Cha, Young Koo

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ISBN 10: 0833023500 / ISBN 13: 9780833023506
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Num Pages: 100 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: JPQB; JPS; JWK. Category: (G) General (US: Trade); (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 235 x 159 x 6. Weight in Grams: 159. Good clean copy with some minor shelf wear. 1996. 0th Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KLJ0010983

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Title: A New Alliance for the Next Century: Future ...

Publisher: RAND

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This report, prepared jointly by RAND and the Korea Institute of Defense Analyses, assesses whether and how the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) can maintain and invigorate their security relationship should North Korea no longer pose a major threat to peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. The research identified prospective changes in the U.S.-ROK alliance stemming either from shifts in relations between North and South Korea, from changes in the larger regional security context, or from both. Analyses focused on four alternative models of the alliance, evaluating the relevance of each according to shifting peninsular and regional conditions and according to more-precise criteria for judging their suitability, feasibility, and flexibility. The findings enabled the researchers to specify four potential end states. Because of the variability in future political and military conditions, it was not possible to determine a single optimal model or end state. But there is ample basis for building a post-unification alliance, which would possess a very different logic and structure from those of the threat-based environment of the Cold War. Through such an alliance, both countries would help realize their primary policy needs while keeping potential areas of political, economic, and security divergence in check.

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Could the 38th Parallel - the last remaining Cold War frontier - collapse as did the Berlin Wall? Many observers believe that significant change between North and South Korea is only a matter of time and that Korean unification - whether it occurs abruptly or over time - is all but certain. In that event, the United States and the Republic of Korea will have to reexamine the longer-term basis of their alliance and the need for continued security cooperation. A New Alliance for the Next Century seeks to contribute to the reexamination of the U.S.-ROK security relationship. In this collaborative effort of RAND and the Korea Institute of Defense Analyses, the two research teams intensively review the past history and present status of the U.S.-ROK alliance and assess the alliance's future development in light of regional and local challenges. The authors identify a range of outcomes based on alternative models of the future U.S.-ROK security relationship and offer a framework for evaluating the suitability, feasibility and flexibility of their security-planning alternatives. Both research teams believe that their potential for a post-unification alliance clearly exists, but that such an alliance, and the strategic planning it entails, need to be managed effectively by the political and military leaderships of the United States and the Republic of Korea. Looking beyond present realities is more important now than at any time in the history of the alliance, and the process of planning for the future must begin now.

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