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THE SUNSHINE POLICY IN DEFENSE OF ENGAGEMENT AS A PATH TO PEACE IN KOREA

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ISBN: 9788997578429

 

Persusasion is better than force. This central belief behind late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung s unprecedented policy of engagement with North Korea became a key that promised to unlock half a century of conflict and provocation between North and South Korea. Kim s Sunshine Policy argued that encouraging North Korea to come out of isolation and end confrontation was better than trying to force it to change and it came to define a generation in South Korean politics, allowing millions to dare to believe that half a century of war could be brought to an end. Now this new book by Chung-in Moon, a Yonsei University professor and former South Korean government adviser, presents a definitive analysis of how Kim developed and implemented his revolutionary policy, the challenges it faced and the mistake that Lee Myung-bak s government has made in abandoning it. Moon was a first-hand witness to the events of the Kim years, assisting in drafting the Sunshine Policy, attending the historic inter- Korean Summits in 2000 and 2007 that were fruits of its labors, and chronicling the public, political and global support for the policy. He argues forcefully that critics of the policy in recent years are wrong to dismiss it as a failed appeasement experiment that was too generous to North Korea. Instead, he sees it as a victim of circumstance, hampered especially by the hardline policies of US President George W. Bush and anxieties over global terrorism. Even so, he explains, it did more to normalize North Korea in the world s eyes than any attempt before or since. With tensions and uncertainty between the Koreas at a new high in the first months of Kim Jong Un s regime, the policy and its principles are more sorely needed than ever. 

 

Chung In Moon

Chung-in Moon is an academic with an unrivalled breadth of experience in contemporary Korean politics and international relations in Northeast Asia. A professor of political science at Seoul s prestigious Yonsei University. He is a former chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post, and has served as Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has published more than 40 books and 230 articles in edited volumes and scholarly journals, and is Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a quarterly journal published by the East Asia Foundation in Seoul.

 

Contents

PREFACE 
INTRODUCTION 
Part l: Recasting The Sunshine Policy 
CHAPTER 1 Understanding the Sunshine Policy: Ideals, Principles and Rationales 
CHAPTER 2 The First Korean Summit 2000: Promises Unfulfilled 
CHAPTER 3 The Second Korean Summit 2007: Style and Substance 
Part ll: Challenges to the Sunshine Policy 
CHAPTER 4 External Challenges: The Bush Doctrine, Nucleae Crisis and Stalled Talks 
CHAPTER 5 Domestic Challenges: The Lee Myung-bak Government and the Post-Engagement Era 
CHAPTER 6 Military Challenges: Conflict and the Inter-Korean Arms Race 
Part lll: What Future for the Sunshine Policy? 
CHAPTER 7 Contending Models of Korean Unification and the Sunshine Policy 
CHAPTER 8 The Sunshine Policy's Place in Northeast Asian Security Dynamics 
CHAPTER 9 The Sunshine Policy as the Path Forward 
NOTES 
REFERENCES 
INDEX

 

THE SUNSHINE POLICY  IN DEFENSE OF ENGAGEMENT AS A PATH TO PEACE IN KOREA


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