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From strategic patience to strategic uncertainty: Trump, North Korea, and South Korea’s new president

Title
From strategic patience to strategic uncertainty: Trump, North Korea, and South Korea’s new president
Authors
Easley L.-E.
Ewha Authors
Leif Eric Easley
SCOPUS Author ID
Leif Eric Easleyscopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
World Affairs
ISSN
0043-8200JCR Link
Citation
World Affairs vol. 180, no. 2, pp. 7 - 31
Keywords
Asia; China; Defense policy; Denuclearization; Diplomatic strategy; DPRK; Economic sanctions; Engagement policy; Japan; Kim Jong-un; Missile defense; Missile tests; Moon Jae-in; North Korean Nuclear Weapons; President Trump; Pyongyang; Republic of Korea; ROK; Seoul; South Korean Election; Terminal High Altitude Area Defense; THAAD; United States Alliances
Publisher
SAGE Publications Ltd
Indexed
SCOPUS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
The Trump administration declared the Obama-era “strategic patience” toward North Korea a failure. As President Trump extols unpredictability as a virtue, the new U.S. policy of “maximum pressure and engagement” has become a factor of strategic uncertainty in Northeast Asia. However, the instrumental use of uncertainty has a narrow window of opportunity for frustrating North Korea’s nuclear missile development and raising international expectations for China holding Pyongyang accountable. This article considers the prospects of the United States in leveraging “all options on the table” while recognizing the contradictions in China’s role and in South Korea’s domestic politics. © 2017, SAGE Publications Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI
10.1177/0043820017721361
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