AUTHORCha, Victor D. / Kang, David C.
TITLENuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies
PUBLISHERColumbia University Press
CITYNew York, NY

This book presents two different perspectives on the policy of the United States and its Asian allies toward North Korea (DPRK) in the post-Cold War era. It is organized as a debate, with both authors first giving their arguments and then responding to each other. Victor Cha argues for “hawkish engagement” because he believes that North Korea still threatens violence and that engagement is needed to defuse it. The other author, David Kang, counters that North Korea will not attack and the United States needs to follow a policy of engagement to bring the country into the world community. The authors disagree mainly on whether they believe that North Korea leadership truly wants change. Cha thinks that North Korea's actions are intended to deceive the rest of the world, while Kang argues that North Korea has truly changed internally and wants to become a part of the world community. After presenting their arguments, the authors review the 2003 nuclear crisis and give their opinions. The book concludes with a chapter which combines their opinions into a strategy for the United States to fully engage North Korea instead of reacting to each new situation.

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