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Foreword, by Stephan Haggard
Preface to the 2018 Edition
Introduction: The Debate Over North Korea
1. Weak but Still Threatening
2. Threatening, but Deterrence Works
3. Response: Why We Must Pursue "Hawk Engagement"
4. Response: Why Are We Afraid of Engagement?
5. Hyperbole Dominates: The 2003 Nuclear Crisis
6. Beyond Hyperbole, Toward a Strategy
7. Is North Korea Not a Problem to Be Solved?

About the Author

Victor D. Cha is D. S. Song-Korea Foundation Endowed Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is senior adviser and Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007. His books include The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (2012).

David C. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations, Business, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, where he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute and the Center for International Studies. His most recent book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century (2017).

Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, director of the Korea-Pacific Program, and distinguished professor of political science at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. His books include Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea (2017).


[Cha and Kang's] contribution is important for its frank discussion of the possibility of a nuclear attack and their presentation of potential courses of action. -- Concepcion De Leon * The New York Times *
[A] crisp, smart book. -- Michael O'Hanlon * Chronicle of Higher Education *
A penetrating analysis of what is probably the world's most dangerous trouble spot. -- Gordon G. Chang * Asian Review of Books *
A delight to read. -- Rudiger Frank * Pacific Affairs *
This volume is an indispensable tool not only for all those working in the field of Korean Studies but also for all those dealing with International Relations theory. * International Spectator *

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