Making Friendship Count: The Evidence Supports South Korea’s Peace Diplomacy Toward North Korea

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Abstract

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s strategy toward North Korea can be looked at from several vantage points. While aiming for peace, denuclearization and the eventual unification of the two Koreas, Moon uses three strategic tools – dialogue, friendship-building and sanctions – to achieve these goals. The main alternatives to Moon’s strategy that have been presented in the political and scholarly literature are: 1) military action; 2) military deterrence; and, 3) reliance on economic sanctions.
This article will analyze the success of similar strategies in the past. By using both East Asian and global evidence and by adjusting this evidence to the conditions on the Korean Peninsula, we will see whether the current South Korean strategy toward North Korea is supported by research-based evidence.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Asia
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • Korean peninsula
  • security
  • peace negotiation
  • nuclear weapons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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