Red Rogue

Red Rogue

The Persistent Challenge of North Korea

eBook - 2007
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Univ of Nebraska
In Red Rogue, Bruce Bechtol analyzes the changing nature of North Korea’s national defense, foreign policy, and illicit economic activities in the post–9/11 era. He describes how North Korea has adapted to a changing global and regional environment to ensure regime survival and has often dictated the agenda in East Asia. Bechtol explains why North Korea frequently resorts to brinkmanship and provocations as foreign policy tools and why North Korea remains a threat to the United States and South Korea. After a detailed discussion of North Korea’s internal politics and foreign policy,Red Rogue examines the diverging U.S. and South Korean assessments of security on the peninsula, the health of the rapidly changing South Korea–U.S. alliance, and the badly deteriorated South Korean civil-military relationship. Using a framework that focuses on diplomatic, informational, military, and economic instruments of national power, the author reveals the dynamic and complicated challenges for security and stability on the Korean Peninsula. The reader will gain a clear perspective of the paradigm shifts in U.S., South Korean, and North Korean policies in recent years. The book is essential reading for scholars, policymakers, military strategists, and anyone who has an interest in East Asian affairs.

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Bechtol (international relations, US Marine Corps Command and Staff College) explores the key security issues concerning the United States, South Korea, and North Korea in the post-9/11 era, utilizing a standard US Department of Defense framework of analysis that examines opposing adversaries' "Diplomatic, Informational, Military, and Economic (DIME) Instruments of National Power." He first focuses on North Korea and offers chapters examining North Korea's nuclear program, its conventional military capabilities, its use of conventional military provocations, its illicit economic activities, and the key challenges to regime survival and how the North Korean government has reacted to them. He then present chapters discussing US and South Korean responses to North Korea and South Korean President Roh's military policies and the challenges they have created for the South Korean-US alliance and civil military relations in South Korea. He concludes with an assessment of the overall impact that North Korean strategy has had on the stability and security of Northeast Asia. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C : Potomac Books, Ă2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781612343631
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 285 pages) : illustrations, maps


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