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Keeping Kim; How the Kim Conundrum Best Serves American Interests in the Asia Pacific

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Technical Report,01 Sep 2017,18 Apr 2018

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Joint Forces Staff College / NDU NORFOLK United States

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Is the United States solving the wrong problem in the Asia Pacific The US is at a fork in the road regarding a nuclear-armed DPRK. This analysis answers the question whether the US or PRC benefits the most by the Kim Regime remaining in power. The analysis found that the US gains the most by the Kim Regime remaining in place. Additionally, it found that the PRC potentially benefits the most post-reunification and post-removal of DPRK threats to the region. The research also identified the DPRK as a current nuclear power state which the US, ROK, PRC, and Japan are now forced to manage, not prevent. The nuclear deterrence provided by the stability-instability paradox was viewed as a critical element of DPRK ambitions to deter the US while preserving the Kim Regime. U.S. force posture in the Asia Pacific was identified as a critical element for the achievement of long-term goals in the region. The research deemed that U.S. force posture in the Asia Pacific limits PRC attainment of hegemon status in the region.

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  • Government and Political Science

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