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Crisis on the Korean peninsula : how to deal with a nuclear North Korea
O'Hanlon, Michael E.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

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ix, 230 pages : maps ; 23 cm
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"A Brookings Institution book."
The hermit kingdom -- The crux of the confrontation -- The "grand bargain" -- Turning swords into plows -- Fixing a failed economy -- A new alliance.
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Suggests a comprehensive concept that would denuclearise North Korea. The plan calls for halting plutonium related activity while negotiations between the Bush administration ensue.

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Booklist Review

Even if one discounts Northorea's ongoing program to develop nuclear weapons, theorean peninsula remains a highly dangerous place. Northorea maintains around a million troops in forward positions close to the demilitarized zone, supported by a vast array of artillery capable of quickly reducing Seoul to rubble. But Northorea probably does have two nuclear weapons, and they are striving to develop more. Can the U.S. tolerate such destructive power in the hands of perhaps the most repressive, isolated, and even paranoid regime on earth? O'Hanlon is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and adjunct professor at Columbia University; Mochizuki is director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and teacher at George Washington University. They have provided a vital service in describing in coherent, easily digestible form the nature of the crisis, including analyses of Northorean conventional capabilities and the often inscrutable motivations behind their government's provocative actions. Their proposals for dealing with this threat, which they dub the "grand bargain," include a variety of demands upon Northorea to limit their conventional forces and completely dismantle their nuclear capability. In return, the U.S., our allies, and China would provide economic aid and guarantees of military security. The plan seems rational, but it assumes we are dealing with a rational regime. Still their proposals are worthy of consideration, as the U.S. is soon to be faced with a belligerent, unpredictable adversary armed with nuclear weapons and the delivery systems to threaten our troops and allies throughout East Asia. --Jay Freeman Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The authors of this study have a worthy goal: to completely transform the nature of the world's relationship with North Korea. Although appreciative of previous attempts to freeze the North's provocative nuclear program, O'Hanlon and Mochizuki see the faults in past efforts, and make a strong case for a new way to bring a stable peace to the peninsula and to introduce the so-called Hermit Kingdom to the international community. Few are more qualified to address the issue than "[t]he two Mikes," as they are dubbed in the foreword by Brookings Institution president Strobe Talbott. The pair have passed their careers in many of the nation's best think tanks and universities, and have spent much ink on the topic of East Asian security. In this instance, they propose a clear, reasoned and, most important, achievable "grand bargain" with the North that would involve a broad range of demands while offering specific incentives to reform. To readers unfamiliar with the nuclear crisis that has unfolded since October of last year, when North Korea allegedly admitted it possessed a uranium-enrichment program, the book can be unforgiving; O'Hanlon and Mochizuki launch right into their nuanced approach to defuse the crisis. After they outline their proposal, however, the book becomes a comprehensive, must-read introductory text to the conflict, and the subject is bizarre enough to hold anyone's attention, or at least anyone who thinks a leader said to have been born amid the appearance of double rainbows and able to write up to 1,000 books a day is bizarre. (Sept. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In October 2002, the North Korean government startled the world by announcing that it possessed nuclear weapons and by withdrawing from the 1970 Nonproliferation Treaty. This new work by two scholars associated with the Brookings Institution provides helpful background on the country and the current dilemma it poses for world leaders. The authors propose a "roadmap" approach to resolving the issues: beginning with the 1994 Agreed Framework (which denuclearized North Korea), North Korea would be required to dismantle its nuclear capability immediately, then reduce its conventional forces, and then improve its human rights record. Each step would bring a benefit from the United States, e.g., immediate resumption of fuel oil shipments for the power plants. Though other think tanks have recently issued policy recommendations on this topic, this report is the most detailed and concrete to date. Unfortunately, issues of nuclear weapons and rogue states have always proven to be intractable, and those with short attention spans lose interest quickly. For this reason, this comprehensive report will appeal primarily to policy wonks. For academic libraries.-Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This product of the Brookings Institution, a think tank aligned with the Democratic Party, is aimed at policy makers in the present administration and in a possible future Democratic administration, yet its readable, nontechnical style makes it equally accessible to the general public. O'Hanlon and Mochizuki believe the Bush administration's strategy of coercing North Korea into relinquishing its nuclear weapons is likely to fail, and they propose a "grand bargain" or "road map" combining big sticks with tasty carrots. The authors think that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il might forsake his nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, cease selling missiles abroad, and make large cuts in his conventional forces in return for an American nonaggression pledge, diplomatic recognition, and economic aid. Those who regard Kim as deranged will judge the authors' proposal naive, while those who believe that the dictator plays his hand shrewdly will likely regard the "grand bargain" as a gamble worth a try. Librarians must balance the book's low price against its short shelf life. Contains useful tables and appendixes. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. Marlay Arkansas State University