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The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison (Part 2 of 2)

The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison (Part 2 of 2)

The first part of this analysis argued against simple comparisons of German unification and the hypothetical Korean case by showing major differences in the external forces and domestic attitudes that would influence unification of the Koreas. This next discussion will consider differences that impact unification costs—an apparent area of [...]

The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison (Part 1 of 2)

The Unification Cases of Germany and Korea: A Dangerous Comparison (Part 1 of 2)

Germany’s unification in 1990 has remained a popular model for future Korean unification, with its precedents on issues like the transfer of legal systems and technical standards, requirements for infrastructure investment, unification costs and social aspects. A closer look, however, reveals that the differences between Germany and Korea far [...]

Details, Details: History Lessons from Negotiating with North Korea

Details, Details: History Lessons from Negotiating with North Korea

It’s not easy to predict the future. It shouldn’t be so difficult to understand the past, certainly not the past within living memory. There are inevitable differences in memory and perspective, of course, which is what makes history lively, or boring, or irritating. Arguments over history rely on detail, whereas predicting the future is [...]

Book Review: “Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo”

Book Review: “Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo”

Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo. By Jack Cheevers. NAL, December 2014. 440 pp. If South Koreans were pressed to identify the origin of America's involvement in Korean affairs, most would likely ponder the question a few moments before pointing to the US role in liberating the peninsula from [...]

Book Review: “THE REAL NORTH KOREA”

Book Review: “THE REAL NORTH KOREA”

THE REAL NORTH KOREA: LIFE AND POLITICS IN THE FAILED STALINIST UTOPIA By Andrei Lankov. Oxford University Press, April 2013. 304 pp.  Andrei Lankov provides a very readable and absorbing introduction to North Korea in The Real North Korea, Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia. The author combines a sweeping overview of North [...]

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