Korea in the Post-Cold War Era
In the final decade of the twentieth century, we are living in a ‘post-cold war’ world. This is especially true in Europe where the East—West confrontation of the post-war period has practically come to an end. Most of all, the divided Germany which had been at the forefront of the cold war conflict in Central Europe achieved its dramatic unification in October 1990, about a year after the historic crumbling of the Berlin Wall. The main impetus was the Soviet decision to renounce its Brezhnev Doctrine in Eastern Europe, particularly East Germany, as a result of Gorbachev’s perestroika policy. Also the Warsaw Pact was dissolved early in 1991 to end the system of serious military confrontation between East and West in Europe. Finally, the swift termination of the Gulf war in February showed us vividly that superpower cooperation can be a decisive factor in effectively settling a Third World conflict.
KeywordsKorean Peninsula Major Power South Korean Government National Unification Nuclear Project
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