Sunshine in Korea: the South Korean Debate over Policies toward North Korea

Sunshine in Korea: the South Korean Debate over Policies toward North Korea

Sunshine in Korea: the South Korean Debate over Policies toward North Korea

Sunshine in Korea: the South Korean Debate over Policies toward North Korea

Synopsis

Provides a better understanding of the sources of controversy over the South Korean goverment's approach toward North Korea and what implications of the controversy might be for South Korea and the United States.

Excerpt

This report examines the public South Korean debate over dealings with North Korea. the focus is on the period since February 1998, when Kim Dae Jung became president of South Korea, and on the major actors, interests, and goals influencing South Korean policies. the report seeks to better understand the sources of controversy over these policies and assess their likely future implications.

Two previous reports provided interim findings. the first, entitled The South Korean Debate over Policies toward North Korea: Issues and Implications (MR-1555.0, rand, 2002), focused on the content of the debate over South Korea's new engagement policy—the so called “sunshine” policy—toward North Korea. the second, entitled The South Korean Debate over Policies Toward North Korea: Internal Dynamics (MR-1555.0/1-CAPP, rand, 2002), focused on the debate's internal dynamics—the major actors involved in the debate and their roles in shaping its evolution. This final report updates and integrates the findings of the first two reports and assesses their implications. Findings are current as of October 2002. the report should be of interest to both government officials and specialists on Korea, as well as to general readers interested in Asia and contemporary foreign policy issues.

This research project was conducted under the auspices of the rand Center for Asia-Pacific Policy (CAPP), which aims to improve public policy by providing decisionmakers and the public with rigorous, objective research on critical policy issues affecting Asia and U.S.Asia relations. capp is part of RAND's National Security Research . . .

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