Engagement with North Korea

A Viable Alternative

Edited by Sung Chull Kim & David C. Kang

Subjects: International Relations, Asian Studies
Paperback : 9781438427805, 276 pages, July 2010
Hardcover : 9781438427799, 276 pages, September 2009

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Table of contents

List of Figures and Tables
1. Introduction: Engagement as a Viable Alternative to Coercion
Sung Chull Kim and David C. Kang
2. Waiting to Reap the Final Harvest: U. S. Engagement Policy to Denuclearize North Korea
Youngshik D. Bong
3. Looking East: China’s Policy toward the Korean Peninsula
FeiLing Wang
4. Japan’s North Korea Policy: The Dilemma of Coercion
Jung Ho Bae and Sung Chull Kim
5. Russia and North Korea: The Dilemma of Engagement
Leszek Buszynski
6. The Political Economy of North Korea’s External Economic Relations
Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland
7. The StateBusiness Coalition for South Korea’s Engagement with North Korea
Sung Chull Kim
8. Business Advances to North Korea as Outward Foreign Direct Investment
Eun Mee Kim and Yooyeon Noh
9. From Charity to Partnership: South Korean NGO Engagement with North Korea
Edward P. Reed
10 North Korea’s South Korea Policy: Tactical Change, Strategic Consistency
Charles K. Armstrong
11. Conclusion: Engagement in 2007 and Beyond
David C. Kang
Editors and Contributors

Examines how and why nations have persuaded North Korea to cooperate on topics such as nuclear policy.


How the world deals with North Korea and its nuclear capability will have ramifications for both regional and global stability. Engagement with North Korea examines the still controversial policy strategy known as engagement, which aims to persuade rather than force North Korea to be cooperative. While examining the converging and diverging policies of engagement practiced by the United States, China, Russia, Japan, and South Korea, the contributors to this volume uncover how and to what extent engagement has made some form of progress, and under what conditions it is likely to achieve complete success. In addition to the critical topic of denuclearization, the volume also demonstrates that engagement involves the use of negotiations and incentives in both the economic and the security realms. This volume is essential reading for both students and policy makers concerned about denuclearization in the multilateral context.

Sung Chull Kim is Professor of Northeast Asian Studies at Hiroshima Peace Institute, Japan. He is author of North Korea under Kim Jong Il: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance, also published by SUNY Press, and coeditor (with Edward Friedman) of Regional Cooperation and Its Enemies in Northeast Asia: The Impact of Domestic Forces. David C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business and Director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California. He is author of Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines; Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (with Victor D. Cha); and China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia.


"…the authors have succeeded in making an important contribution to our understanding of engagement with North Korea. " — Pacific Affairs

"…the reader is encouraged to appreciate the real challenges and complexity of trying to manage the issue of North Korea … Sung Chull Kim and David Kang are correct in noting that if there is to be any further progress regarding North Korea and its nuclear disarmament, there must be better multi-lateral coordination among those countries involved in promoting stability within the region. " — International Affairs

"Engagement with North Korea reminds us why diplomacy is the preferred strategy in dealing with Pyongyang. " — Washington Times