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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2011

Publication: February 2012

Russia and the Six-Party Process in Korea

The stagnation of the six-party process has produced great anxiety in Russia over the future of the Korean peninsula. Indeed, in September 2010, even before the attack on Yeonpyeong and the announcement of a uranium enrichment facility, Moscow’s representative to the six-party talks stated that Korea was on the brink…

Michael R. Auslin

Japanese Perspectives on the Six-Party Talks and the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Japan has been a core member of the six-party talks from their inception but has pursued its own set of interests that do not always align with other participants. The Japan–North Korean relationship contains unique elements, most notably the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea, an issue that…

Six-Party Talks and China’s Goldilocks Strategy: Getting North Korea Just Right

China’s ideal outcome for North Korea is a Goldilocks state—one that is not so strong to challenge China or so weak that its implosion threatens Chinese interests. China’s multifaceted approach relies on economic engagement, bi- lateral interactions, and reducing North Korea’s international isolation through promotion of multilateral talks. Chinese strategists…

South Korea and the Six-Party Talks: The Least Bad Option?

The six-party talks have been hindered by political shifts in the states involved, and especially by changing levels of support for the talks in Washington and Seoul. But the talks remain the primary forum for resolving the North Korean nuclear issue and for negotiation between North Korea and the other…

Estimating the Potential Size of Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation

Even though inter-Korean economic cooperation has been growing steadily for the past two decades, the volume of inter-Korean trade is still small compared to the other emerging Asian economies’ trade volume with South Korea. This paper tries to estimate the potential size of inter-Korean trade volume on the basis of…

Engaging and Transforming North Korea’s Economy

North Korea badly needs change but whether that change can and should be induced or forced from the outside is open to question. This paper proceeds from the perspective that most outside engagement with North Korea to date has been detrimental to North Korean reform since it has aided the…