Korean unification the way forward
Forster, Brian A.
Twomey, Christopher P.
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This thesis will examine three potential scenarios for the unification of the Korean peninsula and discuss their pros and cons. 1. The collapse of the DPRK government followed by its absorption into the ROK's current governmental structure. 2. A possible Free Trade Area (FTA) encompassing the Korean peninsula with the potential to expand to neighboring nations. 3. The establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) within the DPRK using business practices from both the ROK and the PRC models to strengthen their economy and national ties. A matrix of five variables will be used to measure the effectiveness of each scenario including time, cost, stability, international acceptance, building trust between the two Korean states. The scenarios will also be examined through the lens of the theory of economic interdependence to understand the importance of economic engagement throughout the Korean Peninsula including the economic path of each state. The hypothesized end state would encompass a single Korean nation that actively participates in the international community while remaining free of nuclear weapons. I will dedicate a section to understanding how this new nation might emerge on the international scene as well as how the neighboring countries view the possibility of a unified Korean nation.
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