Accession Number : ADA264615


Title :   Potential for Reunification of the Koreas and the Impact on U.S. Policy


Descriptive Note : Study project,


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Ryan, Owen D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264615.pdf


Report Date : 15 Apr 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 46


Abstract : This paper examines historical and current trends in the quest for reunification between the Koreas. This examination includes a discussion of the political, military and economic forces affecting reunification, a comparison to the German precedent and discussion of regional powers' interests. There are two conclusions. First, the Koreas are moving slowly toward reunification and could be reunited by the year 2000. Second, China and the U.S. are the most important external players in Korean reunification. A distinct possibility exists that they could-5e drawn into conflict with each other over the conditions of reunification. Recommended U.S. policy includes 3 elements. First, the U.S. should retain a reduced, but capable, U.S. presence in Korea. Second, we should support Korean self-determination, and not to allow subversion or aggression by either North or South, nor any other power. Third, should we respect the legitimate security interests of Japan and China.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY , *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *KOREA , NORTH KOREA , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , COMPARISON , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , CHINA , SUBVERSION , NORTHEAST ASIA , SOUTH KOREA , CONFLICT , JAPAN , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , ECONOMICS , POLICIES


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE