Preventing another korean war: A case study of crisis management from the perspective of readiness theory

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Abstract

This study explores the relevance of readiness theory's analytical framework in illuminating the fundamentals that contribute to the de-escalation process in international crises. By applying this analytical framework to the U.S.-North Korea crisis management episode of 2017-2018, this study elucidates the interplay of elements that led to the winding down of the intense crisis and to the parties' agreement to formally embark on negotiations at the end of the Singapore Summit in June 2018. The study shows how the multiple variables underlying the movements in conflict transformation, as outlined by readiness theory, can help to explain the effect of bilateral strategies applied by the U.S. and North Korea and the role of third-party involvement by South Korea and China in managing the crisis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-217
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Negotiation
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2020.

Keywords

  • Mediation
  • North Korea
  • Readiness
  • United States

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