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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2006

Publication: May 2011

Where Does Northeast Asia Fit in the Bush Administration Foreign Policy?

The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks shocked the world twice: first, their unimaginable method of attack and, second, the U.S. response in their wake. Doctrines, policies, and actions that emerged were quite different from the past for the United States. Many countries were unsettled, and world opinion became adversarial toward…

Changing Dynamics of the North Korean System

North Korea has recently shown signs of rapprochement with the outside world by agreeing to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula at the six-party talks. The changing dynamics of the North Korean system can be explained by changes in the interplay among interacting key actors in North Korea and the…

Alexander V. Vorontsov

North Korea During the Process of Change

Data from 2004 show the grain harvest in North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; DPRK) consisted of a bit more than 4.4 million tons. A nationwide campaign was announced in the agricultural sector for 2005, with the slogan “hundred-day battle,” that will coincide with October 10—the 60th anniversary of…

Ha Yong-chool

Impact of Democratization on Regionalism in Korea: A Complex Interplay

A controversy has arisen over entrenched regionalism in Korean politics and its resolution. There are basically two opposing views: One is the top-down institutional approach that emphasizes reforms in the electoral system. The other view, the bottomup socioeconomic approach, focuses on the importance of socioeconomic differentiation for the emergence of…

David I. Steinberg

The New Political Paradigm in South Korea: Social Change and the Elite Structure

Social change may be evolutionary or revolutionary or, at times, both. Similarly, administrations may be caught up in and attempt to manage change, or institute it, or both. Although there has been a gradual transformation of elements of South Korean society and international recognition of its exceptional and almost explosive…

Amy Myers Jaffe, Kenneth Medlock, Peter Hartley

Economic Issues of Natural Gas Trade in Northeast Asia: Political Bridges and Economic Advantages

Protracted talks—the so-called six-party talks—among the United States, South Korea (Republic of Korea; ROK), North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; DPRK), Russia, China, and Japan over the standoff on the Korean peninsula ended in September 2005 with a face-saving statement of principles. North Korea assented to give up its…