Toward Normalizing U.S.--Korea Relations: In Due Course?

By Edward A. Olsen | Go to book overview

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IN DUE COURSE:
A VAGUE PARADIGM

THE U. S. RELATIONSHIP WITH THE KOREAN NATION IS COMplex. Despite having waged a major war in Korea and having been integrally engaged in Korean affairs for more than half of the twentieth century, many U. S. citizens at the start of the twenty-first century know amazingly little about Korea. 1 This situation exists despite the substantial efforts of U. S. scholars, journalists, and officials to educate the U. S. public about the country's stake in Korea and to set forth policy alternatives. 2 There are many facets of U. S.-Korea relations worthy of attention and capable of influencing the future of that relationship, but this book focuses on one, namely, the need to normalize U. S.-Korea interactions.

The term normalize ordinarily is applied solely to U. S. relations with communist North Korea. Several analysts have evaluated the pros and cons of U. S. diplomatic normalization with the regime in Pyongyang. 3 That set of issues shall be part of this discussion, but only part. The contention here is that U. S. relations with all of Korea—both states within that divided nation—require normalization. This proposition will come as a surprise to some in the U. S. —Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance, including political-military players and commercial partners in South Korea who do not think the ROK's relations with the United States require any normalizing. One task of this book is to demonstrate to South Koreans and their U. S. counterparts why U. S. relations with all of Korea are in need of normalizing. 4

In this sense the infamous phrase in due course, used first by the United States, China, and Great Britain in the 1943 Cairo declaration (“three great powers, mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes x
  • 1 - In Due Course: a Vague Paradigm 1
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  • 2 - Tracing U. S.-Korea Abnormality 7
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  • 3 - Reinvigorating “due Course” in the Post—cold War Era 39
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  • 4 - Asia's Role in Shaping Korea's “due Course” 81
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  • 5 - Implementing a New U. S. Policy 105
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  • 6 - Conclusion: How? When? 137
  • Selected Bibliography 139
  • Index 143
  • About the Book 148
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