Recasting the North Korean Problem: Towards Critically Rethinking about the Perennial Crisis of the Amoral Family State and How to Resolve It

Title
Recasting the North Korean Problem: Towards Critically Rethinking about the Perennial Crisis of the Amoral Family State and How to Resolve It
Authors
Park, Hun Joo
Keywords
North Korea; nuclear crisis; korean unification; amoral familism; national identity
Issue Date
2014-12
Series/Report no.
KDI Working Paper Series;WP14-10
Abstract
A series of tit-for-tat events?from North Korea’s missile launch on April 13, 2012 and its third nuclear weapons test on February 12, 2013 to the UN Security Council Resolutions 2087 and 2094?has only escalated the North Korean nuclear crisis to its new height. It is highly regrettable, if not preposterous, that the crisis has persisted basically unabated for the past 20 plus years?despite umpteen, varied and competing statecrafts of all concerned countries. This paper critically examines the extant approaches, investigating how the concerned individual states’ perhaps otherwise perfectly rational policies have led to the perpetuation of nuclear crisis, of the amoral family state, and of the kind of security and peace of the region. In so doing, it aims to offer some tentative suggestions about how to freshly rethink about the North Korean problem and how best to resolve and move beyond it.
URI
http://archives.kdischool.ac.kr/handle/11125/17401
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