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Reunified Korea's challenges and status

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  • Lho, Kyongsoo
  • Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)


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Title Reunified Korea's challenges and status
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Lho, Kyongsoo

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[Seoul]:Seoul National University(Graduate School of Public Administration)

Date 1996
Journal Title; Vol./Issue Korean Journal of Policy Studies:vol. 11
Pages 16
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Holding Seoul National University

Abstract

The objective of this brief essay is to think about what a reunified Korea's internal makeup and strategic disposition might be. For many Korea-watchers inured to the seemingly endless North-South Korean duel, this may appear to be something of a surreal exercise. This will be particularly true of those in the "gradualist" camp who do not consider North Korea's collapse/transformation to be imminent. At best, they will see essays such as this to be little more than idle speculation about something that is not likely to materialize in the foreseeable future-- especially given North Korea's apparent ability to withstand stunning strategic setbacks thus far. But what if the North Korean regime, and the brittle, exhausted system which they command (amidst growing signs of disorder), were to suddenly come apart? While we may not be able to accurately predict how or when North Korea might cease to be a going concern, so long as there exists the probability that Pyongyang could lose its grip (and there clearly is), it would be the better part of wisdom to try to anticipate and prepare as best we can for such an eventuality.