Friday, July 2, 2010

A Realist Approach to North Korea

Noting that "the North Korean regime is in the midst of the most serious internal political challenge in nearly 20 years," Professor Sung-Yoon Lee writes of "a rare opportunity for policymakers in Washington, Seoul, and Tokyo to accelerate and effect positive changes in the North Korean regime" — US misses history lessons on Korea. His thoughts make more sense than most of what I've read:

"Engaging the North Korean people rather than the regime through information operations and facilitating defection, while constricting Pyongyang's cash flow, is the best means to that end," he suggests. "It's also important for Washington to hold quiet consultations with Beijing to envision and prepare jointly for a unified Korea under Seoul's initiative, a new polity that will necessarily remain free, peaceful, capitalist, pro-US and pro-China."

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2 Comments:

Blogger Procopius said...

I like this guy

11:36 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Me, too. Realism at its best.

3:02 AM  

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