No exit - Jonathan D. Pollack

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Title
No exit - North Korea nuclear weapons and international security
Author
Jonathan D. Pollack
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Routledge
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20110517

This book chronicles the political-military development of the Korean Peninsula since 1945, with particular attention to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear technology and nuclear weapons, and how it has shaped Northeast Asian security and non-proliferation policy and influenced the strategic choices of the United States and all regional powers. I focus on North Korea's leaders, institutions, political history, and the system's longer-term prospects. How has an isolated, highly idiosyncratic, small state repeatedly stymied or circumvented the policy preferences of much more powerful states, culminating with its withdrawal from the Non Proliferation Treaty (the only state ever to do so) and the testing of nuclear weapons in open defiance of adversaries and allies alike? What does this portend for the region's future?

Unlike most of the literature that focuses on US non proliferation policy, this is a book about decision making in North Korea and the state's survival in the face of daunting odds. It draws on extensive interviews with individuals in China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, and the EU who have had ample experience in and with North Korea, additional interviews with former US policy makers, and the results from two visits to the North. The authormakes extensive use of archival materials from the Cold War International History Project, enabling a far fuller rendering of North Korean history than appears in most of the literature on the North Korean nuclear weapons issue.

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Jonathan D. Pollack is Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at theNaval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Nuclear weapons - Government policy - Korea (North)|National security - Korea (North)|Nuclear nonproliferation - International cooperation.|Nuclear disarmament.|Nuclear arms control.|Security, International.|Korea (North) - Foreign relations - 20th century.|Korea (North) - Foreign relations - 21st century.|Korea (North) - Politics and government - 1948-1994.|Korea (North) - Politics and government - 1994-.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
247

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