Dr. James Minnich has a new articled called “Denuclearization through Peace: A Policy Approach to Change North Korea from Foe to Friend” which was recently published by Military Review.
“The denuclearization of North Korea is a shared global security interest. As the United States bears a large share of this common interest, U.S. policy has a disproportional impact on whether and how North Korea denuclearizes. To avert a near future where Pyongyang presents an existential threat to the United States as a nuclearized enemy state, Washington should work to change North Korea from foe to friend, which would necessitate a different policy approach than what has been pursued by Washington to the present day. This postulation is developed here through a review of thirty years of denuclearization policy approaches and an identification of Pyongyang’s persistent aspiration to normalize political and economic relations and end hostile relations with Washington. Informed by previous agreements between the United States and North Korea, a policy of denuclearization through peace is recommended to establish conditions that could turn Pyongyang from Washington’s foe to friend, a transformation that could reshape and shore up Washington’s strategic interests in Northeast Asia.”
Dr. James Minnich is a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States Government.