Academic journal article Military Review

Korea's Future and the Great Powers

Academic journal article Military Review

Korea's Future and the Great Powers

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Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard J. Ellings, eds., University of Washington Press Seattle, 2001, 361 pages, $22.95

Among the foremost of security issues in Asia, indeed the world, is the future of the Korean peninsula and its 67 million inhabitants. The question of reunification presents serious issues. In Korea's Future and the Great Powers, editors Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard J. Ellings, under the auspices of The National Bureau of Asian Research, compiled a superb collection of articles and essays by leading scholars and diplomats of Asian security.

At the crossroads of northeast Asia, astride both China and Japan, Korea has long concerned all who have an interest in Pacific peace and prosperity. The nations with historical and current vital interests in Korea include China, Japan, Russia, and the United States. All have fought wars in the post century either directly or indirectly because of the Korean peninsula's strategic value. The current 50-year-old standoff between south and north causes great concern and substantial investment in manpower, political capital, and real capital of all these powers. Within that context, this book provides a comprehensive evaluation of almost every aspect of Korea's possible futures. …

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