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Korea's future and the great powers
Eberstadt, Nick, 1955-
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Seattle : National Bureau of Asian Research in association with University of Washington Press, c2001..
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x, 361 pages ; 23 cm
Conflict and cooperation: The pacific powers and Korea / Chae-Jin Lee -- Discerning North Korea's intentions / Chuck Downs -- China and Korean reunification: a neighbor's concerns / Robert A. Scalapino -- Japan and the unification of Korea: challenges for U.S. policy coordination / Michael H. Armacost, Kenneth B. Pyle -- Russia, Korea, and northeast Asia / Herbert J. Ellison -- Economic strategies for reunification / Marcus Noland -- The role of international finance in Korean economic reconstruction and reunification / Gifford Combs -- The post-Korean unification security landscape U.S. security policy in northeast Asia / Michael McDevitt -- Negotiating Korean unification: options for an international framework / Robert L. Gallucci -- A policy agenda for achieving Korean reunification / Douglas H. Paal -- Assessing interests and objectives of major actors in the Korean drama / Nicholas Eberstadt, Richard J. Ellings.
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The eventual reunification of the Korean Peninsula will send political and economic reverberations throughout Northeast Asia and will catalyze the struggle over a new regional order among the four great powers of the Pacific?Russia, China, Japan, and the United States. Korea?s Future and the Great Powers addresses the vital issues of how to achieve a stable political order in a unified Korea, how to finance Korean economic reconstruction, and how to link Korea into a cooperative framework of international diplomatic relations.

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More than a dozen specialists in northeast Asian politics examine issues involving the Korean unification, which they consider inevitable. The editors issue a caveat that reunification will send political and economic reverberations throughout northeast Asia and will catalyze the struggle over a new regional order among the four great powers: China, Japan, Russia, and the US. To be prepared for the inevitable, the authors argue that it is necessary to understand vital interests of the regional powers, analyze the situation from historical, political, economic, and strategic perspectives, and make policy recommendations. The editors contend that whether US core interests will be served depends on whether China will prop up North Korea with economic and military aid indefinitely to retain a buffer between itself and South Korea, whether China will risk war with South Korea and the US, and whether South Korea will wish to retain its strategic link with the US for the ultimate guarantee of its security or opt to build an independent strategy. With half the contributors having served US administrations, this work is highly policy oriented, seen from the US national interest. It makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of international politics surrounding the Korean Peninsula and US policy toward the region. Recommended at all levels. M. Itoh University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Table of Contents

Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard J. EllingsChae-Jin LeeChuck DownsRobert A. ScalapinoMichael H. Armacost and Kenneth B. PyleHerbert J. EllisonMarcus NolandGifford CombsMichael McDevittRobert L. GallucciDouglas H. PaalNicholas Eberstadt and Richard J. Ellings
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Commonly Used Abbreviationsp. x
1 Introductionp. 1
Historical and Political Context
2 Conflict and Cooperation: The Pacific Powers and Koreap. 51
3 Discerning North Korea's Intentionsp. 88
4 China and Korean Reunification--A Neighbor's Concernsp. 107
5 Japan and the Unification of Korea: Challenges for U.S. Policy Coordinationp. 125
6 Russia, Korea, and Northeast Asiap. 164
Economic Context
7 Economic Strategies for Reunificationp. 191
8 The Role of International Finance in Korean Economic Reconstruction and Reunificationp. 229
Strategic Implications
9 The Post-Korean Unification Security Landscape and U.S. Security Policy in Northeast Asiap. 251
10 Negotiating Korean Unification: Options for an International Frameworkp. 297
11 A Policy Agenda for Achieving Korean Reunificationp. 303
12 Assessing Interests and Objectives of Major Actors in the Korean Dramap. 315
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 343
Indexp. 349