Korean Unification


Korean Unification

Inevitable Challenges

Jacques L. Fuqua, Jr.

220 pages


October 2011


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December 2011


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About the Book

Since the conclusion of World War II, the Korean people and the international community have contemplated a unified peninsula, but a divided Korea remains one of the last visible vestiges of the Cold War. What will removing this specter entail? And with what should it be replaced?Similar to the unification of East and West Germany, merging North and South Korea is likely the only means of achieving stability and lasting peace on the peninsula. However, after decades of a divided existence—with South Korea now thriving as a democracy and North Korea barely subsisting as a Stalinist dictatorship—this task will be monumental. What form of government would likely emerge, given the North Korean regime’s practice of completely controlling its population? How would its citizens, indoctrinated by decades of Juche ideology, be assimilated into a larger community of capitalists? What would become of North Korea’s military of 1.2 million? How would a reunified government exercise control over the North’s starving masses?These questions are only some of the core issues addressed in Korean Unification: Inevitable Challenges. Jacques L. Fuqua Jr. argues that diplomatic, humanitarian, cultural, and military solutions must coincide to create peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula that could thus extend to elsewhere in Asia.

Author Bio

Lt. Col. Jacques L. Fuqua Jr., USA (Ret.), is a former Northeast Asia foreign area officer who now serves as the chief international officer and director of international programs and services at Indiana State University. The author of Nuclear Endgame: The Need to Engage North Korea and numerous journal and newspaper articles on Korean and U.S.-Japanese security issues, Fuqua also served as the director of international engagement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and associate director of the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University. He lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.


"Especially recommended . . . . a refreshing view to one of the remaining flashpoints of the Cold War."—Ramon Pacheco Pardo, King’s College London, UK, International Affairs

"Jacques Fuqua's latest book, about the immense obstacles to a Korean reunification, displays his gifts and determination as an author unafraid to address difficult questions or point out gaps in our knowledge; as a thorough, insightful analyst who uncovers critical details; and as a communicator who clearly explains and logically defends his position to readers of all backgrounds."—Lt. Col. Armando Costales, USA (Ret.), former Northeast Asia foreign area officer

"Fuqua confronts and analyzes an inescapable fact: the eventual political reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Fuqua's work deftly explores little-considered economic, social, and diplomatic ramifications of an eventual, though perhaps distant, Korean reunification. Policymakers, academics, and the general reader will all profit from the thoughtful examination of reunification issues, both obvious and subtle, explored within the pages of Korean Unification."—John M. Frank, outreach curriculum consultant, East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University