The Foreign Policy Systems of North and South Korea

The Foreign Policy Systems of North and South Korea

The Foreign Policy Systems of North and South Korea

The Foreign Policy Systems of North and South Korea

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The impetus for this study was provided by a research grant from the Joint Committee on Korean Studies of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The grant made it possible for me to spend the summer of 1974 in Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington, D.C., collecting materials on the key dimensions of the two Korean states that might help illuminate their respective foreign policy behaviors. An invitation to present my preliminary findings to a workshop on comparative study of North and South Korea held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in January 1976, under the auspices of the SSRC and the ACLS led to the preparation of an 85-page paper, which has become the skeleton of this book.

Because commitments to numerous other projects proved to be extremely time consuming, I was unable to complete the first draft of the book until the summer of 1981. However, given the nature of this study--which examines not only foreign policy per se but, more importantly, its multiple sources, no matter how elusive they may be-- my efforts devoted to other projects were not in vain. For they dealt, for the most part, with various aspects of the Korean equation; many of the publications that resulted from them were utilized in the preparation of this manuscript. In short, this book is the culmination of eight years of research, reflection, and writing.

Aimed at scholars, students, journalists, policymakers, and other persons interested in learning about the patterns, and implications, of competition and conflict between North and South Korea, the study tries to do several things: first, to present a reasonably com-

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