January 20, 2012
How South Korea Can Shape the North
IRSN, International Relations and Security Network
The article looks at the legacy of international isolation, economic hardships and over-dependence on China that Kim Jong-il's military-first politics have left. The authors argue that Kim Jong-un's key concern will be to resolve North Korea's long-standing triple dilemma of simultaneously having to secure legitimacy in domestic politics, stabilize the international environment by resolving the nuclear crisis and alleviate economic hardships. South Korea is seen to have a critical role in stabilizing the region by developing a mutual vision for the advancement of North Korea (coevolution) and by making genuine efforts to get the international community on board.
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