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U.S. Foreign Policy Toward North Korea's Nuclear Development

Title: U.S. Foreign Policy Toward North Korea's Nuclear Development: Its Failure and Available Options.
Name(s): Lim, Jiyoung, author
Souva, Mark A., professor directing thesis
Kern, Holger Lutz, committee member
Beazer, Quintin H., committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
Program in International Affairs, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Master Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (77 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: North Korean foreign policy decision process has complexity and differences from that of democratic states. Pyongyang has multiple motivations related to developing nuclear weapons, which are derived by both international and domestic factors. Moreover, North Korean preferences related to the pursuit of the nuclear weapons have also changed according to the circumstance that the country faces. The regime begun to build the nuclear weapons because of the external security threats resulting from the geopolitical changes like the disassembly of the Soviet Union. After Pyongyang faced the severe economic stagnation, their priority has moved into economic interests. Moreover, Kim’s regime has faced a domestic political legitimacy issue of the authoritarian regime so that the regime has utilized the nuclear development as means to consolidate their power. The characteristics of authoritarian regime also impact the leadership’s preferences and rational decision choices. However, the U.S. foreign policy in the past, based on the security-oriented approaches and a theory focused on economics, failed to understand the regime’s systematic complexity. Washington’s political changes, following its power transitions, also exaggerate distrust between the United States and North Korea. The shifts in its political strategies also create the credible commitment problems. In addition, its external complexity around North Korea also reduces the effectiveness of the U.S. strategies. In this regard, the new alternative strategy for Washington should build on a comprehensive understanding of how Kim’s regime thinks, what it values, and how it judges its options. In addition, the United States should understand not only Pyongyang’s objectives but also how Kim’s regime views U.S. objectives and whether they consider U.S. statements credible in order to resolve the issue. Thus, this paper proposes a comprehensive option which is a combination of coercive diplomacy and diplomatic, economic strategies.
Identifier: 2018_Sp_Lim_fsu_0071N_14542 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Program in International Affairs in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: April 13, 2018.
Keywords: Coercieve diplomacy, North Korea, North Korean nuclear development, The Korean Peninsula, US foreing policy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Mark A. Souva, Professor Directing Thesis; Holger Kern, Committee Member; Quintin Beazer, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Political science
Asia -- Study and teaching
International relations
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Host Institution: FSU

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