Identity and security in Korea

Bleiker, Roland (2001) Identity and security in Korea. Pacific Review, 14 1: 121-148. doi:10.1080/09512740121622

Author Bleiker, Roland
Title Identity and security in Korea
Journal name Pacific Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-2748
Publication date 2001-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09512740121622
Open Access Status
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 121
End page 148
Total pages 28
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Language eng
Subject C1
360105 International Relations
750702 Understanding other countries
Abstract The summit meeting between the two Korean heads of state, which took place in Pyongyang in June 2000, constitutes a major turning point in the peninsula's history. As the effects of the meeting are gradually unfolding, a period of detente no longer seems impossible. But major difficulties remain unsolved and Korea will continue to be one of the world's most volatile areas. The task of this essay is to identify and analyse some of the entrenched political patterns that will challenge policy-makers in the years ahead. To do so it is necessary to portray the conflict in Korea not only in conventional ideological and geopolitical terms, but also, and primarily, as a question of identity. From such a vantage-point two components are essential in the search for a more peaceful peninsula. Substantial progress has recently been made in the first realm, the need to approach security problems, no matter how volatile they seem. in a cooperative and dialogical, rather than merely a coercive manner. The second less accepted but perhaps more important factor, revolves around the necessity to recognize that dialogue has its limits, that the party on the other side of the DMZ cannot always be accommodated or subsumed into compromise. Needed is an ethics of difference: a willingness to accept that the other's sense of identity and politics may be inherently incompatible with one's own.
Keyword Area Studies
Korea Security
Conflict Resolution
Q-Index Code C1

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Political Science and International Studies Publications
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