Toward a Korean national community: selected strategic, military, and arms control issues

by Kevin N. Lewis

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Since the division of the Korean peninsula along ideological lines after World War II and the subsequent Korean War of 1950-1953, the restoration of a Korean national community has been a high priority on both sides of the Demilitarized Zone. This paper explores some of the history, problems, and possible solutions associated with the strategic, military, and arms control issues that must be considered in developing an agenda for meeting this objective. The author concludes that the probability for success is highest and the potential risks are probably fewest if (1) an incremental approach is used to implement arms control and military adjustments; (2) the closest possible linkage is maintained among all involved in the community-building process; and (3) a synchronized forward movement of all elements in the initiative is maintained, with no single part becoming a prerequisite for any other.

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