Accession Number : ADA267445

Title :   The Potential for Korean Reunification in a Post-Cold War Environment and Implications For United States Security Interests in Northeast Asia.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Reeves, Eric N.

Report Date : MAR 1993

Pagination or Media Count : 151

Abstract : This thesis argues that the end of the global Cold War has provided North and South Korea with a greater opportunity to end the country's division. Through an assessment of North and South Korean reunification policies, this analysis suggests that ideological differences in policy content should be seen as a reflection of the ideological systems of their respective benefactors (Soviet Union and United States). The implementation of Gorbachev's Glasnost and Roh's Nordpolitik substantially reduced the barriers between East and West but left an increasingly isolated, and potentially dangerous. North Korea. This thesis contends that instability on the Korean peninsula threatens regional stability, a condition inclining both Koreas to take a more realistic approach to the issue of reunification. It is therefore in the best interest of the United States to take a more active role in reducing tensions on the peninsula. in order to influence a reunification outcome most favorable to US interests.... Korean division, Korean reunification, Asia-regional security, United States-Korean relations.

Descriptors :   *NORTH KOREA, *SOUTH KOREA, *USSR, *UNITED STATES, ASIA, BARRIERS, COLD WAR, DIVISION, GLOBAL, INSTABILITY, KOREA, PENINSULAS, POLICIES, REFLECTION, SECURITY, STABILITY, TENSION, THESES.

Subject Categories : Geography
      Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE