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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the geopolitical structures of the Cold War era that produced the division of the Korean peninsula have disintegrated. Although China has replaced the Soviet Union as North Korea’s principal ally and economic lifeline, China’s interests have matured from Cold War ideological confrontation to prioritizing economic growth and regional stability. North Korea has become a barrier to the economic development of the region, and North Korea’s international isolation and provocative actions a source of frustration to China. Unification is increasingly being studied, not as a distant dream for future generations, but as a realistic and a strategic approach to promoting regional stability, economic growth, and denuclearization of the peninsula. Following the North–South Joint Declaration in 2000, international scholars and Korea experts have increasingly explored scenarios that could provide the impetus for reunification, including the collapse of the North Korean regime and other more measured steps that could accommodate the interests North and South, as well as neighboring countries.
Policy Experts on Korea Reunification
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The Future Vision for a Peaceful, Unified Korean Peninsula: A Chinese Perspective
Korean Unification Vision and Northeast Asian Peace-Building: A Japanese View
China’s Role in Korean Unification Vision and Northeast Asian Peace-Building
Japan’s Northeast Asia Strategy and Korean Reunification
China’s Perspectives on North Korea and Korean Reunification
Mongolia’s Diplomacy with the Two Koreas: Video
Japan-South Korea: Finding Common Ground: Video
China’s Policy Toward Korean Peninsula Reunification: Video
How Japan Can Prepare for Unification of Korean Peninsula
Leading the Process of Peaceful Unification of the Korean Peninsula
A Way Forward Toward Peace: Focusing on the ROK-US Alliance
CSIS and Korean Studies Institute at USC Explore Unification Challenges
One Korea Unification Vision through Neutralization
The Future Vision for a Unified Korean Peninsula: A U.S. Perspective
Russia’s Efforts for Peace and Reconciliation in Korea
The ‘Christ-Buddha’ Path to Unity on the Korean Peninsula
The Challenge of China: USA Perspectives for One Korea
The Role of Republic of Korea in Sustainable Development
Second Korean War Imminent but Avoidable: an Indian Perspective
Korea Reunification: A Path to Freedom and Democracy
South Korea’s Evolving Views of Reunification and Growing Consensus
Russia and the Korean Peninsula: Policy and Investment: Video
Looking for a Road to Peace and Reconciliation in Korea
Strengthening Cooperation for Northeast Asia Peace and Security
Social Transformation and Strengthening Models for Denuclearization
The Korean Peninsula: An Opportunity and NOT a Crisis
Keynote Address, Economic Forum on One Korea 2017
The Emerging Role of Civil Society in Opening North Korea
The Multilateral Security Mechanism in Northeast Asia and Role of Mongolia
Expanding Global Consciousness for a Unified Korea
Civil Society Cooperation in Global Humanitarian Development: Video
AKU’s Mongolia’s Approach to Korean Reunification
AKU’s Innovative Approaches for Realizing One Korea
Action for Korea United Fifth Anniversary Assembly
‘Hongik Ingan’ as the Governance Principle of One Korea
Reflections on the Declaration of Unification for One Korea
Korea’s Future and the Paradigm Changes of World Politics
The Future Vision of a Unified Korea and Building a World of Peace
A Global Ethical Framework for Societal Transformation
‘Korean Dream’ of One Korea a Model for Global Unity
Resources on Korean Division and Reunification
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