One Korea

A Proposal for Peace

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About the Book

Peaceful Korean reunification would end a growing nuclear threat, ease regional and geopolitical tensions, and bring about significant economic growth and cooperation in resource-rich Northeast Asia. The central assumption of this book is that peace and reunification can be achieved by changing the underlying incentive structure for all North Koreans, and by offering its leaders a safe, honorable and profitable way out of a deteriorating situation.
Economic stagnation and increased awareness of the better life beyond their borders has led to growing dissent inside North Korea, while dynastic transition and the rise of a new generation of leaders may have opened a new opportunity for political acquiescence.
The book outlines a Korean Peace Fund strategy that provides for global elites, corporations and governments to raise $300 billion to give to North Korean power elites, military officers and common people if they agree to reunify under South Korean political leadership. Kim Jong-un would likely be hailed worldwide for participating in a win-win, face-saving resolution.

About the Author(s)

Shepherd Iverson teaches at Inha University in Incheon, Korea.

Bibliographic Details

Shepherd Iverson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 8 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7683-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0615-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Foreword by Andrei Lankov 1

Preface 5

Introduction 11

One. A Model for Peace 25

Two. Theories and Incentives 30

Three. Critical Changes in North Korea 38

Four. Tipping Points 53

Five. The Price of Peace Equation 62

Six. Funding and Acquiescence 72

Seven. Review and Conclusion 89

Eight. Reunification Signing Ceremony 105

Nine. After Reunification 110

Epilogue 144

Chapter Notes 149

Bibliography 171

Index 185