A peace deferred: U.s. national interest in a korean peace process

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Although rarely discussed in policy circles, a peace process for the Korean Peninsula would significantly advance U.S. national interests in Northeast Asia and is the most realistic route to denuclearization. The United States could initiate and sustain a peace process by taking peace-building steps, entering intopeace treaty negotiations, andcommitting to peace regimemaintenance. Immediate actions include opening channels with Pyongyang and, coordinated with Seoul in line with President Park Geun-hye’s ‘‘trustpolitik’’ approach, seeking a variety of civil andmilitary confidence-buildingmeasures on the peninsula. Building on the Kim Jong-un regime’s focus on economic development, and phasing in gradual denuclearization, the peace process is a slow march and hard slog, but it is more realistic than the current sanctions-based policy or thewishful thinking of North Korean collapse. However, the political costs are high, and therefore only far-sighted presidential leadership and strategic commitment by national security officials could realize a peace process plan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Foreign Policy Interests
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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