Assessing "National Strategy" in North and South Korea

Nicholas Eberstadt
1996 Korean Journal of Defense Analysis  
This paper examines the extent to which the domestic and external policies of the two Koreas can be described in terms of "national strategy." Though "national strategy" remains a problematic construct for a variety of theoretical and practical reasons, this study attempts to deploy it to describe the evolving economic, military, and security policies of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea from the partition of the Korean peninsula in 1945 to the present. The
more » ... he present. The paper proceeds through four sections. The first introduces and frames the problem. The second section examines, and attempts to describe, the "national strategy" of the DPRK. The third section does the same for the ROK's post-partition "national strategies." The final section reviews and assesses some of the findings, and speculates about the challenges that may face national strategy in North and South Korea in the years ahead.
doi:10.1080/10163279609464328 fatcat:5fymqibsjbgqtjsez5mgp4b254