Reconstituting Korean Security: A Policy Primer

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  • Edited Hazel Smith

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1144-4,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1144-5
    United Nations University Press
    September 2007

    The classic national security concerns of nuclear proliferation and the production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction cannot be addressed in the Korean peninsula without at the same time considering the implications and interrelationship of what are these days known as the human security issues of food, poverty and, perhaps more controversially, freedom.

    We agree that East Asia and the world are more dangerous with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the DPRK or North Korea) in possession of nuclear weapons. We also argue, however, that a comprehensive security analysis identifies many equally significant threats to regional security, such as the risk from industrial and nuclear accidents and the potential for transborder crime arising from the lack of legal and productive avenues for economic activity for North Korea’s poverty-stricken citizens. This book shows that, in Korea, soft security issues are as important as hard security matters and that the latter cannot be understood, or its dilemmas unravelled, without a clear engagement with the former.

    This book tackles Korean security dilemmas from the perspective of the various international actors, not just from the viewpoint of the major protagonists – the DPRK and the United States. We show that different states and international organizations have different and multiple interests in their relationships with the DPRK and with each other.

    Our contributors are internationally renowned experts on Korea from all over the globe. They combine well-informed, acute and professional analysis with recommendations for a comprehensive strategy for successful policy interventions in the multifaceted Korean security crisis.

    “This book should come as meat and drink to those who have been looking for a multidisciplinary, internationally oriented approach to the many problems that will arise when North Korea slowly emerges from its self-imposed isolation.”

    —Donald P. Gregg, Chairman of the Board, The Korea Society, New York

    Hazel Smith is Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick, UK.

    Table of Contents

    • Foreword
      Ambassador Donald P. Gregg
    • Reconstituting Korean security dilemmas
      Hazel Smith
    • Creating Korean insecurity: The US role
      Bruce Cumings
    • Living with ambiguity: North Korea’s strategic weapons programmes
      Gary Samore and Adam Ward
    • Economic security in the DPRK
      Bradley O. Babson
    • Food security: The case for multisectoral and multilateral cooperation
      Hazel Smith
    • The preconditions for Korean security: US policy and the legacy of 1945
      Selig S. Harrison
    • The DPRK economic crisis and the ROK security dilemma
      Suk Lee
    • Korean security dilemmas: Chinese policies
      Ren Xiao
    • Japan and North Korea – The quest for normalcy
      Gavan McCormack
    • Korean security dilemmas: A Russian perspective
      Georgy Bulychev
    • Korean security dilemmas: European Union policies
      Maria Castillo Fernandez
    • Korean security dilemmas: ASEAN policies and perspective
      John D. Ciorciari
    • Korean security: A policy primer
      Hazel Smith