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North Korea and Nuclear Weapons

Entering the New Era of Deterrence

North Korea is perilously close to developing strategic nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States and its East Asian allies. Since their first nuclear test in 2006, North Korea has struggled to perfect the required delivery systems. Kim Jong-un's regime now appears to be close, however. Sung Chull Kim, Michael D. Cohen, and the volume contributors contend that the time to prevent North Korea from achieving this capability is virtually over; scholars and policymakers must turn their attention to how to deter a nuclear North Korea. The United States, South Korea, and Japan must also come to terms with the fact that North Korea will be able to deter them with its nuclear arsenal. How will the erratic Kim Jong-un behave when North Korea develops the capability to hit medium- and long-range targets with nuclear weapons? How will and should the United States, South Korea, Japan, and China respond, and what will this mean for regional stability in the short term and long term? The international group of authors in this volume address these questions and offer a timely analysis of the consequences of an operational North Korean nuclear capability for international security.

About the Authors

Sung Chull Kim is Humanities Korea Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, 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 Il: 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
, and The Non-Proliferation Review.


"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

"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

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Other Titles by Sung Chull Kim

State Violence in East Asia

edited by N. Ganesan, Sung Chull Kim, with contributions by Vince Boudreau, Namhe Lee, Hayashi Hirofumi , Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, Kate Merkel-Hess, Sorpong Peou, Douglas Kammen, Tyrell Haberkorn, Rommel A. Curaming, Kyaw Yin Hlaing
Jan 2013 - University Press of Kentucky
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Other Titles by Michael D. Cohen

When Proliferation Causes Peace

Michael D. Cohen
Oct 2017 - Georgetown University Press
$34.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$104.95 USD - Hardback

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Pandemics, Pills, and Politics

Stefan Elbe
Jun 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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Four Guardians

Jeffrey W. Donnithorne
Jun 2018 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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Strategic Challenges in the Baltic Sea Region

Ann-Sofie Dahl
May 2018 - Georgetown University Press
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