The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific

Towards a Northeast Asian Security Community

Implications for Korea's Growth and Economic Development

Editors: Seliger, Bernhard, Pascha, Werner (Eds.)

  • Studies North Korea’s nuclear crisis in the context of the Northeast Asian Security Community and Northeast Asian economic development
  • Contains contributors with unique insights on different aspects of the crisis from fieldwork in North Korea to policy-making circles in South Korea
  • Addresses a timely topic with the deterioration of relations with North Korea and North Korea’s the second nuclear test in May 2009
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The Northeast Asian security environment is closely linked to Korea’s growth perspectives for the future. The spectacular rise of the South Korean economy in the past half century, also known as “Miracle on the Han River,” has been duly highlighted as one of the most successful cases of economic development worldwide. However, among the factors curbing South Korea’s growth perspectives has been, from the very beginning of its rise, the coexistence of the difficult neighbour to the North, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. While in the cold war this coexistence has been taken as inevitable, after the end of the cold war there were hopes to overcome this obstacle to further growth either through collapse or enhanced cooperation with the North, neither of which became reality. North Korea’s unprecedented aggressiveness and development of long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear devices, made this threat truly an international question with multilateral talks coming into existence as ad-hoc measures to cope with the nuclear crisis. It was then that the idea of a Northeast Asian Security Community was born. The contributions in this book discuss how a peaceful solution of the security problems could not only enhance stability of Korea’s economy and reduce the defense burden considerably (the so-called peace dividend), but would facilitate regional investments safer and regional solutions for common economic problems. When discussing the possibilities of a security framework or, in an institutionalized form, security community, in Northeast Asia, the authors in this volume are realistic as to not fall into the trap of wishful thinking, which so often has characterized approaches to North Korea resulting in disappointment. The past two years again saw the rising of tensions in Northeast Asia and the masterful way in which even an impoverished and isolated country can play its cards. While it seems a new ice age between the two Koreas is possible, nevertheless and maybe even more than ever the search for a stable security framework for Northeast Asia as a precondition for peaceful economic cooperation and development will go on. The chapters in this volume contribute to the ongoing debate to secure peace and development in Northeast Asia, making this book of interest to both academics and policy-makers alike.

The project was supported under the Strategic Initiative for Korean Studies of the Academy of Korean Studies.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction: Towards a Northeast Asian Security Community and the Role of North Korean Negotiation Tactics

    Seliger, Bernhard (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • From a Fault Line to a Catalyst: An Emerging Korean Confederation and the Contour of a Northeast Asian Security Community?

    Son, Key-young

    Pages 13-26

  • Envisioning a Northeast Security Framework: The Korean Peninsula

    Snyder, Scott

    Pages 27-38

  • Korea as a Focal Point of the Security Concerns of Northeast Asia: A Geopolitical and Historical Perspective of the Present Scenario

    Agrawal, Brahm Swaroop

    Pages 39-59

  • The Unification Mythology and Reality of the North–South Divide

    Lankov, Andrei

    Pages 63-71

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Towards a Northeast Asian Security Community
Book Subtitle
Implications for Korea's Growth and Economic Development
Editors
  • Bernhard Seliger
  • Werner Pascha
Series Title
The Political Economy of the Asia Pacific
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-9657-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-9657-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-9656-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2920-3
Series ISSN
1866-6507
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 262
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