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KEI Past Publication Series

Challenges Posed by the DPRK for the Alliance and the Region
David Albright

Verified Dismantlement of the DPRK's Nuclear Weapons Program

The nuclear weapons program of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains at the center of U.S. and international security concerns. The perception, if not the reality, that the DPRK has a growing number of nuclear weapons poses an increasing challenge to the U.S. government and governments in the…

Joseph R. Cerami

From the Six-Party Talks to a Northeast Asian Security Regime? Cooperative Threat Reduction Strategies and Institutional Development

Ongoing difficulties in the six-party talks for eliminating North Korean nuclear programs continue to dominate the Northeast Asian security agenda. The public debate over the appropriate U.S. policy and negotiating strategies offers stark choices. On the one hand, the Bush administration argues for continuing a multilateral approach for bringing regional…

Andrew R. Scobell

North Korea's Strategic Intentions

North Korea is probably the most mysterious and in- accessible country in the world today. Officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the Pyongyang regime is headed by perhaps the most mercurial and enigmatic political leader alive. No prominent figure of the early twenty-first century—with the possible…

Park Kun-young

A New U.S.-ROK Alliance: A Nine-Point Recommendation for a Reflective and Mature Partnership

In June 2002 hundreds of thousands of Korean citizens, participating in a series of candlelight vigils, protested against the acquittal of two U.S. soldiers charged with negligent homicide in the deaths of two teenage Korean girls during an off-base training exercise. The protesters also requested an apology from the United…

Kathryn Weathersby

Enigma of the North Korean Regime: Back to the Future?

Five years after the historic North-South summit of 2000, North Korea is still widely viewed as an enigma—a secretive, isolated, and enfeebled state whose belligerence and anachronistic worship of its leader provoke unease among all its neighbors. Yet the isolation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has begun…

Chung Jin-young

South Korea and East Asian Regionalism: Which Path Ahead?

Nowadays East Asian countries are busy pursuing and negotiating regional trade agreements, particularly in the form of free-trade agreements (FTAs), with their trading partners within and without the region. Even a few years ago, East Asia was a region characterized by the absence of regional trade arrangements, in contrast with…

Lee Nae-young

Public Opinion about ROK-U.S. Relations

The year 2003 was the 50th anniversary of the ROK- U.S. alliance. During the past half century, the ROK- U.S. alliance has been considered a great success. The bilateral alliance was usually deemed a friendship cemented in blood, marked by memories of shared sacrifice. The alliance has served as an…