What if a Big Bang Occurs on the Korean Peninsula?

  • Eui-Gak Hwang


History tells us that many nations, whether large empires like ancient Rome or small tribal states documented in the Old Testament, have risen and fallen over a long period of time. But the evidence of the past is almost always too varied to single out the “hard” and “sole” reason for the rise and fall of each nation. The success and failure of a nation might be linked to the leadership not to mention the economics and politics of the nation. As Paul Kennedy pointed out in the introduction of his book The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (Lexington Books, 1987), there simply is too much evidence pointing to various factors, including geography, political power struggles, corruption and national morale, betrayals by inner power circles to the enemy, military organization, the alliance system, war, and many others that all affect the relative power or fundamental existence of the members of the state’s system. However, the more recent record suggests that both the failure of economic policy and the overhang of long political dictatorship with human rights suppression were undeniable crucial factors among others that were observable in the fall of East Germany and other former communist bloc countries in the late 1980s.


Foreign Policy Korean Peninsula Nuclear Weapon Liberal Democratic Party Bush Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Centre for the Study of East Asian Development (ICSEAD)KitakyushuJapan

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