Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea by Leon V. Sigal

By Leon V. Sigal

In June 1994 the USA went to the threshold of battle with North Korea. With fiscal sanctions drawing close, President invoice Clinton authorized the dispatch of considerable reinforcements to Korea, and plans have been ready for attacking the North's nuclear guns advanced. The turning aspect got here in a rare inner most diplomatic initiative by way of former President Jimmy Carter and others to opposite the damaging American path and open tips to a diplomatic cost of the nuclear crisis.

Few american citizens understand the total information in the back of this tale or even become aware of the devastating influence it may have had at the nation's post-Cold struggle international coverage. during this energetic and authoritative ebook, Leon Sigal deals an inside of examine how the Korean nuclear challenge originated, escalated, and was once finally defused. He starts off by means of exploring an online of intelligence disasters via the us and intransigence inside of South Korea and the foreign Atomic strength company. Sigal will pay specific consciousness to an American frame of mind that prefers coercion to cooperation in facing competitive countries. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with policymakers from the international locations concerned, he discloses the main points of the accumulation to disagreement, American refusal to have interaction in diplomatic give-and-take, the Carter project, and the diplomatic deal of October 1994.

In the post-Cold warfare period, the us is much less keen and capable than prior to to fritter away limitless assets overseas; therefore it'll need to behave much less unilaterally and extra in live performance with different international locations. what's going to develop into of an American overseas coverage that prefers coercion while conciliation is prone to serve its nationwide pursuits? utilizing the occasions that almost led the U.S. right into a moment Korean conflict, Sigal explores the necessity for coverage swap in terms of addressing the problem of nuclear proliferation and warding off clash with international locations like Russia, Iran, and Iraq. What the Cuban missile problem was once to fifty years of superpower clash, the North Korean nuclear situation is to the arrival era.

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