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In North Korea and the World, Clemens poses the question, "Can, should, and must we negotiate with a regime we regard as evil?" Weighing the needs of all the stakeholders - including China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea - he concludes that the answer is yes. After assessing nine other policy options, he makes the case for engagement and negotiation with the regime. Grounded in philosophy and history, this volume offers a fresh road map for negotiators and outlines a grand bargain that balances both ethical and practical security concerns.
The book is published by University Press of Kentucky.
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By Nimblewan on 01-27-18
This book leaves nothing out in discussing the Korean problem. Beginning with the ancient history of the Korean peninsula and the development of their culture, philosophy and language, it moves through the early history with the Chinese and Japanese Dynansts to the early encounters with the USA. It explains the early Kim Dynasty, the unresolved USA Korean war and the developing nuclear problem. Following the Korean conflict the author discusses each and every negotiation effort in dealing with north Korea's human rights violations and quest for nuclear power. Mr. Clemens wraps up with the status of the Korean problem as of the end of 2015 and presents 10 possible resolutions.
The journey through this history was lengthy but rewarding. I will never think of this situation as a simple problem ever again.
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By Gary R. Alves on 12-30-17
What disappointed you about North Korea and the World?
The book starts out as a pedantic if a little boring history of the Koreas and about 1/2 way though becomes opinion, 3/4 of the way through it slides right into becoming left wing propaganda. I can save you the price of the book by conveying it's main message in one sentence, "it's Bush's fault and the Republicans fault". FYI, I'm a Libertarian.
What could Walter C. Clemens Jr. have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Stick to facts with less editorializing
What about Andy Rose’s performance did you like?
Clean clear voice
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
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