North Korea

Council Special Report No. 42

Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Authors: Paul B. Stares and Joel S. Wit

North Korea has long been a serious concern to Washington. Now, with President Kim Jong-Il reportedly in bad health and possibly naming a successor, the United States must consider possible outcomes should the situation deteriorate and the current North Korean government collapse. This report examines the challenges that these scenarios would pose--ranging from securing Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal to providing humanitarian assistance--in the context of the interests of the United States and others in its valuable recommendations.

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The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Evaluating Its Twenty-Year Evolution

In the two decades since North Korea announced its intention to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the crisis that followed, North Korea's provocations have continued to escalate tensions. Please join Stephen Bosworth and Han Sung-Joo to discuss the progression of the North Korean nuclear threat over the past two decades including their experiences during negotiations for the 1994 Agreed Framework.

See more in North Korea; Arms Control, Disarmament, and Nonproliferation; Regional Security

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Disarming, Delisting, and Dealing with North Korea: Next Steps

Just two years have passed since North Korea's nuclear test. Heightened engagement efforts, through the six-party talks, led to agreement on nuclear disarmament and North Korea's recent removal from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. However, North Korea remains a strategic challenge. Join Michael Green and Gary Samore for a discussion of North Korea in the region, the world, and in U.S. policy for a new U.S. administration.

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U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula assesses current U.S. policy toward both North and South Korea. The report identifies three essential elements of an internationally coordinated response to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear development effort: first, denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an approach that attempts to resolve rather than simply manage the issue; second, regional cohesion, enabled by close U.S.-South Korea relations; and third, China’s cooperation and active engagement.

This Task Force is made possible in part by generous support from the Korea Foundation.

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Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

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