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How to (or Not to) Reboot the Sunshine Policy

How to (or Not to) Reboot the Sunshine Policy

Moon Jae-in, the Minjoo Party candidate for the South Korean Presidency, presented his North Korea policy last week. The frontrunner’s core idea is to create an “economic community” that will lead to “permanent peace for the peninsula and a solution to the North Korea nuclear crisis.” His grandiose vision centers on reviving the Kaesong [...]

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 [...]

A Long & Winding Road: South Korea’s “Nordpolitik” (Part I)

A Long & Winding Road: South Korea’s “Nordpolitik” (Part I)

Comrades, I’m confused. Nay, I am baffled. Flummoxed, even. And who better to share this confusionism with, in hope of enlightenment, than fellow-Korea watchers perusing 38 North? The subject of my confusion can be simply stated: A year after Park Geun-hye took office as President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), I can’t for the life of me [...]

Fear Prevails Over Greed: The Kaesong Shutdown

Fear Prevails Over Greed: The Kaesong Shutdown

North Korea’s shutdown of the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) is the culmination of a steady deterioration in inter-Korean relations during the political transition from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un in the North and conservative rule in the South. Pyongyang appears to have decided to close the KIC primarily for internal security concerns and for [...]

Whither the Kaesong Industrial Complex?

Whither the Kaesong Industrial Complex?

Kim Dae-jung’s Sunshine Policy was a bold experiment that sought to achieve unification by decreasing inter-Korean tensions and establishing a cooperative framework of engagement. To accomplish this, the policy promoted the restoration of road and rail links and economic assistance projects that included aid and inter-Korean business ventures in [...]

Living with Two Nations Under One Roof

Living with Two Nations Under One Roof

I am presenting this small piece on the following assumptions: I do not believe that the unification of Korea will be possible in the near future. Nor do I believe that it would be desirable if its cost were high in terms of human sacrifice. The two societies have already evolved so apart from one another that it will not be possible for them to [...]

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