The author’s forty year experience of Asia provides absorbing insights into the realities of North Korea and its ruling family. North Korea continues to present a serious threat to world peace and the Korean War has still not been fully terminated in a Peace Treaty. An understanding of the threat and the aims of its leaders is of vital importance. – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: North Korea Waring with the World FILE: R3231 AUTHOR: Paul Moorcraft PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £19.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Cold War, surrogate wars, Asia, China, Soviet Union, USSR, United States, United Nations, Korean War, Kim Dynasty, South Korea, North Korea, Japan ISBN: 1-52675-946-2 PAGES: 181 IMAGE: B3231.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y984ujag LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The author's forty year experience of Asia provides absorbing insights into the realities of North Korea and its ruling family. North Korea continues to present a serious threat to world peace and the Korean War has still not been fully terminated in a Peace Treaty. An understanding of the threat and the aims of its leaders is of vital importance. – Most Highly Recommended.
This is a highly readable book that benefits greatly from the author’s considerable personal experience of the subject and his career as a war correspondent, academic and MoD employee over a period of forty years. His extensive travels in China, and across Asia, have provided an understanding of North Korea and its relationships with neighbouring countries.
For most, including senior politicians, North Korea is an enigma, a country trapped in the early years of a Cold War that ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s. What little is known is of a brutal hereditary dictatorship where life is cheap, of little consequence, and where a deprived population is unbelievably loyal to a small group that exploits them. This has resulted in North Korea being regarded as evil, ruthless and insane. The author provides a more credible impression that is a base for a productive understanding.
North Korea is a tiny country with many enemies and few friends, sitting under the shadow of China, close to the old oppressor, Japan, and being held together with one family that includes sociopaths. To make life even more testing, its intimate neighbour South Korea is of the same race, with a common language and traditions, but prosperous and successfully trading around the world.
As for any totalitarian State, North Korea needs something to divert the attention of its population from the dire situation that they are forced to live in. If the regime no longer had the divertion of near war with many countries, the people might start to ask difficult questions about domestic policies.
So the ruling family has few cards to play and many challenges. Its ideology is set in concrete from decades of sabre rattling and brinkmanship. The leaders have learned how to use fear to retain power and wring advantages out of their neighbours and the US. Until President Trump courageously tore up the US State Department play book and tried a businessman to businessman approach, no one has come close to bringing North Korea into a new relationship. His attempts at real negotiation faced the challenges of decades of mutual military posturing, but provided a new basis for a brighter future.
The author has shown how the North Korean leaders have played a poor hand well, with a logic and sanity. He acknowledges the brutality of the regime, the savage repression and deprivation. He answers many questions in this most readable book yet on the subject. The biggest question though is whether a second term Trump Presidency will be able to close a deal with North Korea, to bring a new and assured future for the two countries and the World.