A rogue is a rogue is a rogue: US foreign policy and the Korean nuclear crisis

Bleiker, R. (2003) A rogue is a rogue is a rogue: US foreign policy and the Korean nuclear crisis. International Affairs, 79 4: 719-737. doi:10.1111/1468-2346.00333

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Author Bleiker, R.
Title A rogue is a rogue is a rogue: US foreign policy and the Korean nuclear crisis
Journal name International Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-5850
Publication date 2003-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1468-2346.00333
Volume 79
Issue 4
Start page 719
End page 737
Total pages 19
Editor C. Soper
J. Delaney
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
360100 Political Science
750701 Understanding international relations
1605 Policy and Administration
1606 Political Science
Abstract Two nuclear crises recently haunted the Korean peninsula, one in 1993/4, the other in 2002/3. In each case the events-were strikingly similar: North Korea made public its ambition to acquire nuclear weapons and withdrew from the Nonproliferation Treaty. Then the situation rapidly deteriorated until the peninsular was literally on the verge of war. The dangers of North Korea's actions, often interpreted as nuclear brinkmanship, are evident. and much discussed, but not so the underlying patterns that have shaped the conflict in the first place. This article sheds light on some of them. It examines the role of the United States in the crisis, arguing that Washington's inability to see North Korea as anything but a threatening 'rogue state' seriously hinders both an adequate understanding and possible resolution of the conflict. Particularly significant is the current policy of pre-emptive strikes against rogue states, for it reinforces half a century of American nuclear threats towards North Korea. The problematic role of these threats has been largely obscured, not least because the highly technical discourse of security analysis has managed to present the strategic situation on the peninsula in a manner that attributes responsibility for the crisis solely to North Korea's actions, even if the situation is in reality far more complex and interactive.
Keyword International Relations
Q-Index Code C1

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