Threat of Finlandization by China Should Spur Korean Reunification

June 7th, 2012
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China is usually considered the only nation with influence in North Korea, and we have repeatedly heard that only it can moderate the North’s behavior. China, host of the Six Party Talks, and the world’s second largest economic power, allegedly understands the North Koreans better than anyone. As recently as this past March, at the

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Mark Barry

Dr. Mark P. Barry is an independent Asian affairs analyst who has followed U.S. - DPRK relations for the past 22 years. He visited North Korea twice and met the late President Kim Il Sung in 1994, and has appeared on CNN to discuss North Korea. From 2005-06, he helped found and direct the Asia Pacific Peace Institute in Washington, DC. He also assisted the convening of the first-ever meeting of legislators from China and Taiwan in Tokyo in June 1989, under the auspices of the International Security Council. Dr. Barry has spoken on U.S.-DPRK relations before the Korean Political Science Association, Korea Institute of National Unification, and the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, among others. He received his Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and his M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and global management, and is also associate editor of the International Journal on World Peace quarterly.

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  • http://twitter.com/stakhanovite Gerard Clare

    There seems to be a continued trend in analysis that the only proper goal for North Korea should be to seek reunification with South Korea. I’m sure there are arguments for it, but it seems that many people find it impossible to conceive that North and South can forever remain as independent countries. Perhaps the issue of North and South Korea should be seen not as an anomaly or a problem to be fixed, but as a simple reality that is unlikely, and unnecessary, to change.

  • http://twitter.com/stakhanovite Gerard Clare

    There seems to be a continued trend in analysis that the only proper goal for North Korea should be to seek reunification with South Korea. I’m sure there are arguments for it, but it seems that many people find it impossible to conceive that North and South can forever remain as independent countries. Perhaps the issue of North and South Korea should be seen not as an anomaly or a problem to be fixed, but as a simple reality that is unlikely, and unnecessary, to change.

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