Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea

Cohesion and Disarray

Edited by Su-Mi Lee & Terence Roehrig

Subjects: International Relations, Asian Studies, Communication
Hardcover : 9781438492940, 254 pages, May 2023
Paperback : 9781438492933, 254 pages, November 2023

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Table of contents


Su‑Mi Lee and Terence Roehrig

1. Negotiation: The Bedrock of Conflict Management
Su‑Mi Lee and Pamela Aall

2. The History of North Korea Denuclearization Negotiations
Terence Roehrig

3. North Korean Strategies and Responses
Scott A. Snyder

4. South Korea’s Strategy for Denuclearizing North Korea
Uk Heo

5. Continuity and Change in American Nonproliferation Policy toward North Korea
Paige Price Cone

6. Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk: China and the Effort to Denuclearize North Korea
Fei‑Ling Wang

7. Japan’s Policy Dilemma vis‑a‑vis North Korea
Yuki Tatsumi

8. Russia and North Korean Denuclearization
Richard Weitz

9. The Right Coalition, the Right Time, and the Right Framework: Lessons Learned from Forty Plus Years of Negotiation
Su-Mi Lee and Pamela Aall

Selected Bibliography

Comprehensive examination of the goals, strategies, and motives of the six parties involved in North Korea denuclearization talks through the lens of negotiation theory.


Was there ever a window of opportunity for successful negotiations over North Korea's nuclear weapons program? Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea brings together country experts with negotiation specialists to apply negotiation theory to the North Korea denuclearization process. Country expert chapters provide a detailed assessment of the goals, motives, and strategies of the six parties—North Korea, South Korea, the United States, China, Japan, and Russia—along with contextual variables of each player such as political, economic, and social conditions while the negotiation scholars collate and scrutinize the results of these key variables. Based on thorough descriptive contexts provided by the country experts, the negotiation scholars identify the lack of two factors, party cohesion and ripeness, as detriments to successful North Korea nuclear negotiations.

Su-Mi Lee is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i Hilo. She is the author of Good Mediator: Relational Characteristics of Effective Mediators. Terence Roehrig is Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. His books include Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War and The Evolution of the South Korea-United States Alliance (coauthored with Uk Heo).


"This volume is very helpful in considering how to bring North Korea back to the negotiation table, and what stances the major negotiating parties should maintain in denuclearization negotiations with North Korea." — Pacific Affairs

"Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea is an excellent addition to the fields of security studies, East Asian IR, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, and North Korean Politics and Foreign Policy. The volume offers a nice combination of theoretical framework and rich and multi-faceted empirical accounts of the international negotiations for denuclearization of North Korea. This is a rare scholarly work that carries out theory-guided analysis about North Korean foreign policy strategy in general and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs in particular. As such, the book is theoretically rigorous, empirically rich, and highly policy-relevant." — Jongseok Woo, coauthor of Politics in North and South Korea: Political Development, Economy, and Foreign Relations