Blog on North Korea: Witness to Transformation

I suggest that you go through some of the recent posts on Professor Stephan Haggard’s blog on North Korea, which is hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Dr Haggard is the Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. Of particular interest is this posting on the options for the US following the recent North Korean nuclear test. For another, more sanguine view, consider this essay by Muthiah Alagappa, nonresident senior associate in the Asia proram at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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One thought on “Blog on North Korea: Witness to Transformation

  1. Stephan Haggard was giving very interesting guest lecture in HKU in the beginning of the first semester. Most interesting fact I found in his that actually average north korean citizen is much more poor than average african. And there are a lot of things being done in the world to help people from Africa, but far not as many to help people in North Korea, I think much more international attention is needed for this issue.
    Another point I absolutely agree with Stephan Haggard that unification of two Koreas is not likely to happen.
    First of all, nor United States, nor both Koreas and China would want it to happen. For the United States South Korea is important strategic object, because it has second largest military troops force in the East Asia region, and main reason is to protect South from North. North Korea wants to maintain it’s status quo regime and after unification it would probably collapse. South Korea would not want to deal with economical regression it would have after unification. Lastly North Korea is very important security buffer for China, because it separates it with South Korea and American troops there. As well as huge amount of refugees that would escape from NK-North China border.
    Secondly, unification technically is almost impossible, because South Korea is among world’s wealthiest states and North Korea among world’s poorest states, gap is too huge, and consequences of unification are unpredictable. There are no such cases of unification in world’s history. Some people would make unification of Germany as example, but neverthless economical gap among two Germanies was big, it was way not as big as gap between two Koreas.

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