The Korean Peninsula: From Regional Order to Security System?

  • Stephen Kirby
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Since the late 1980s, the end of the Cold War has been heralded and the emergence of a new post-Cold War order declared. But nowhere can the features and the dynamics of that new order be unambiguously demonstrated; most certainly not in Northeast Asia. However, it is clear that a fundamental process of change is underway both within and among the states of the region but that no theory or model is entirely adequate to describe and explain what is going on. Nevertheless, if one looks at the major actors in Northeast Asia — the two Koreas, China, the USA, Japan and the USSR/Russia — one can not avoid observing that a major transition is in train. What is clear is that an old order has already been left behind; an order that comprised a set of relationships that, from the declaration of the armistice in the Korean War until the mid 1980s, was reminiscent of Bull’s state system.1


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