North Korean Foreign Policy

North Korean Foreign Policy : Security Dilemma and Succession

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Threat does not inherently matter unless it is perceived, and, on the other hand, anything that is perceived as threat matters, whether or not the threat rings true. North Korean Foreign Policy: Security Dilemma and Succession, by Yongho Kim, posits security dilemma and political succession as the two main factors that North Korea perceives as threat, and that these external and domestic threats constitute Pyongyang's provocative foreign policy. North Korean Foreign Policy suggests that an effective policy for countries relating to North Korea, whether dovish or hawkish, should deal directly with Kim Jong-il's political survival, and not with Pyongyang's failed economy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures
  • 073914863X
  • 9780739148631
  • 1,826,093

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Part 2 Part 1: Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Security Dilemma & the Succession Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Levels of Analysis & the Study of North Korea's Foreign Policy Part 5 Part II. Security Dilemma and the Launch of the Succession Chapter 6 Chapter 3:The Sino-American Normalization & the Official Launch of the Succession from Kim Il Sung to Kim Jong-il, 1978-1981 Chapter 7 Chapter 4:Getting Approval for the Succession, 1982-1984 Chapter 8 Chapter 5: North Korea Siding with the Former Soviet Union, 1985-1989 Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Nuclear Program & Kim Il Sung's Death Part 10 Part III. North Korea's Nuclear Diplomacy & the Surrounding Countries Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Provocations & Signals: Variations between Verbal & Actual Provocations Chapter 12 Chapter 8:Risk-Taking vis-a-vis the United States: The Second Nuclear Crisis Chapter 13 Chapter 9:China in the North Korean Nuclear Quagmire: Is China Influential? Chapter 14 Chapter 10:Russia in North Korea's Foreign Policy Chapter 15 Chapter 11:Japan in North Korea's Foreign Policy Chapter 16 Chapter 12:South Korea in North Korea's Foreign Policy Part 17 Part IV. Prospect Chapter 18 Chapter 13:The Future of North Korea's Foreign Policy Chapter 19 Bibliography
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Review quote

This is a fascinating-and frightening-analysis of the drivers of North Korean foreign policy since 1979. Through close analysis of Pyongyang's words and actions, Kim shows that regime survival is the primary goal in a cold-eyed calculus of provocation and threats. Only reliable guarantees of the regime's security or-more likely-regime collapse will produce the conditions for a multilateral solution to the Korean problem. -- Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University This volume presents a timely, up-to-date, balanced, and in-depth analysis of succession politics, security dilemma, and foreign policy of North Korea. This is a must-read for all those who are interested in North Korean affairs. -- Chung-in Moon, Yonsei University For any specialist in North Korean studies the book will provide very useful background knowledge, so it clearly should be read and, occasionally, re-read. Pacific Affairs
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About Yongho Kim

Yongho Kim is professor in the Department of Politics & Diplomacy at Yonsei University.
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