The Major Asian Powers and the Korean Reunification Process: Catalysts or Deterrents?
DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE COLL WASHINGTON DC
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Investigation of the thesis began with a review of Korean history from ancient times and a look at the Korean cultural heritage. This was followed by a review of current economic, political, social, and military systems in North and South Korea, including how and why they were formed. The reunification issue itself was a major topic of research. Information on how the two Koreas and their allies viewed reunification was gathered from various political and economic journals and from major literary works devoted to the Korean question. This material supplemented details from current news media on North-South Korean rapprochement and major power actions vis-a-vis Korea. Policies of the major powers were evaluated against the balance of power theory and against a set of three hypotheses developed as possible explanations of big power strategies.
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