This book assesses the strategic linkages that the Korean Peninsula shares with the Indo-Pacific and provides a succinct picture of issues which will shape the trajectory of the Korean Peninsula in the future.
This book analyses how critical actors such as the United States, China, Russia and Japan are caught in a tightly balanced power struggle affecting the Korean Peninsula. It shows how these countries are exerting control over the Korean Peninsula while also holding on to their status as critical actors in the broader Indo-Pacific. The prospects of peace, stability and unity in the Korean Peninsula and the impact of this on Indo-Pacific power politics are explored as well as the contending and competing interests in the region. Chapters present country-specific positions and approaches as case studies and review the impact of power politics on stakeholders’ relationships in the Indo-Pacific. The book also argues that the Korean Peninsula and the issue of denuclearization is of primary importance to any direction an Indo-Pacific Partnership may take.
Bringing together scholars, journalists and ex-diplomats, this book will be of interest to academics working in the field of international relations, foreign policy, security studies and Asian studies as well as audiences interested
Table of Contents
Introduction, Jagannath P. Panda Part 1: Critical Perspectives 1. America's Conflicted Strategy for the Korean Peninsula: From "Fire and Fury" to "Denuclearization", Donald Kirk 2. China’s Relations with North Korea: Surmounting the "Great Wall", Anurag Vishwanath 3. Japan’s Security Pledge in the Korean Peninsula, Kohtaro Ito 4. The Twists and Turns of Russia’s Relations with North Korea, Georgy Bulychev & Valeriia Gorbacheva Part 2: Contending Perspectives 5. Denuclearization and Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula: Perspectives of the Two Koreas, Jina Kim 6. Korean Peninsula and the Evolving Sino-US Strategic Stability in the Indo-Pacific, Kuyoun Chung 7. DPRK’s Proliferation Activities and the Denuclearization Talks: Security in the Indo-Pacific and Beyond, Lami Kim 8. Russia and the Two Koreas, Archana Upadhyay 9. Mongolia and the Northeast Asian Peace Process, Alicia Campi 10. India and the Korean Peninsula: Between Dialogue, Diplomacy and Denuclearization, Jagannath P. Panda & Mrittika Guha Sarkar Part 3: Competing and Cooperating Perspectives 11. Unification of Koreas and North Korea’s Changing Political System: Models and Movements, Jihn Shin 12. Negotiating Mechanisms in the Korean Peninsula: What Has Worked? Any Lessons for the Indo-Pacific?, Manpreet Sethi 13. Geoeconomics of the Indo-Pacific: Competing Economic Architectures and South Korea, Seounjou Kang 14. Between Security and Insecurity: Resource Politics in Northeast Asia, Atmaja Gohain Baruah