Towards a sustainable diplomacy in divided Korea

Bleiker, Roland (2010). Towards a sustainable diplomacy in divided Korea. In Costas M. Constantinou and James Der Derian (Ed.), Sustainable Diplomacies (pp. 235-255) Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K.: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Author Bleiker, Roland
Title of chapter Towards a sustainable diplomacy in divided Korea
Title of book Sustainable Diplomacies
Place of Publication Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, U.K.
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series Studies in Diplomacy and International Relations
ISBN 9780230241893
Editor Costas M. Constantinou
James Der Derian
Chapter number 11
Start page 235
End page 255
Total pages 21
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Dealing with North Korea is perhaps one of the most difficult diplomatic challenges in global politics today. Totalitarian and reclusive, ideologically isolated and economically ruined, its actions create a range of dilemmas for political analysts and policy makers alike. Pyongyang's demonstrated nuclear ambition substantially increases the risk of a nuclear arms race in the region and an escalation of the security situation with possible global consequences. The latest escalation began in the autumn of 2002, when Pyongyang admitted to a secret nuclear weapons programme and subsequently withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. By early 2003 both the US and North Korea threatened each other with outright war. The situation became even more tense in October 2006, when the UN Security Council unanimously decided on tough sanctions in response to Pyongyang's announcement that it had successfully completed its first nuclear test. Some of the tensions were diffused through an agreement reached in early 2007, when North Korea agreed to dismantle its nuclear programme. The precondition for detente seemed to increase further with the election of US president Barack Obama, who signalled the advent of a more nuanced and cooperative US foreign policy. But by mid-2009 the situation was as tense as ever after North Korea conducted several new nuclear and missile tests and announced, yet again, that it would renege on its commitment to nuclear disarmament.

A successful promotion of a truly sustainable diplomacy in and towards the Korean peninsula is a long and arduous path, littered with obstacles and setbacks. I am not pretending to have found a definitive solution to the respective challenges. Nor do I provide either an exhaustive analysis of the Korean conflict or an update on the most recent events. Rather than seeking to capture the latest stage of these ever changing political struggles thepmpose of this chapter is to illuminate the underlying problems and diplomatic attitudes that have shaped conflict in Korea for decades.
Editorial matter, selection and introduction © Costas M. Constantinou and James Der Derian 2010. All remaining chapters © respective authors 2010
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Additional Notes Series ISBN: 9780333714959; 0333714954; 9780333803424; 0333803426.

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