February 21, 2024

Collapse in North Korea: Preparing for unification

Bennett says coordination between ROK, China and U.S. in a North Korean collapse will be key

In a 297-page report entitled “Preparing for the Possibility of a North Korean Collapse,” Bruce Bennett of the Rand Corporation doesn't examine the ways in which a North Korean collapse would come about so much as the preparatory steps that could mitigate the negative effects.

In his analysis, the lack of coordinated contingencies between the key players on the peninsula –China, the United States and South Korea – greatly reduces the likelihood of successful unification should North Korea collapse, and could even lead to dangerous confrontations between Chinese and American/ROK forces.