North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence


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Georgetown University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Sung Chull Kim is is Humanities Korea Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University. He is also editor of the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding and the author or editor of several books including North Korea under Kim Jong II: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance.

Michael D. Cohen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University. His research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as The Journal of Global Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Strategic Studies Quarterly, and The Non-Proliferation Review.


[Has] a strong cast of characters [and] is a good place to go for an introduction.

--Peterson Institute for International Economics

A valuable new volume of scholarly essays.

--New York Review of Books

A set of first rate papers address the enduring North Korean nuclear saga and its strategic and political implications. The contributors capture the complexity of deterrence and compellence in Korea and the emerging strategic scenarios while providing fresh light on the choices the regional and international players are making. A must read for all interested in nuclear proliferation and East Asian security.

--T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University

Kim and Cohen's volume on North Korea offers a 360 degree view of one of the most vexing problems for US foreign policy and national security. The authors each bring a unique analytic angle to the problem ranging from deterrence theory to the foreign policies of key protagonists like the United States, South Korea, and China. There is something here for both the expert and the general reader who want to make sense of this enigmatic regime and its increasingly risk-acceptant behavior.

--Victor Cha, D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Professor of Government and International Affairs and Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University. Former White House NSC director for Asia and US deputy head of delegation for the Six Party Talks, and author of The Impossible State: North Korea Past and Future