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South Korea’s Sunshine Policy revisited

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  • Yoo, Chanyul
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Title South Korea’s Sunshine Policy revisited
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Author(English)

Yoo, Chanyul

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[Seoul]:Korean Social Science Research Council

Date 2004
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Social Science Journal:vol. 31(no. 2)
Pages 25
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Internal Conflict
Government and Law < National security
Holding Korean Social Science Research Council

Abstract

The Sunshine policy was based on the premise that providing charitable subsidies to North Korea would induce it to abandon communism and become a responsible member of the international community. Proving the assumption correct, the policy succeeded in inducing the North to finally cooperate with South Korea and the international community. But the policy’s weaknesses cannot be ignored; it has not persuaded Pyongyang to reform and become more open to a meaningful extent, and the peace dividend that did result has not been institutionalized. Worst, perhaps, it has not prevented military confrontation in the form of disagreements over the nuclear issue. The Roh Moo-hyun administration needs to adopt a multi-dimensional approach if it wants to make the Peace and Prosperity Policy successful. It should also take heed of the policy’s critics.