The End Of North Korea
As the twentieth century draws to a close, it is apparent that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)-which has exemplified so many of the tragic, destructive, and ultimately unworkable political tendencies of our era-is itself a colossal failure. In fact, its failure is so pervasive, so deep, and so apparently irremediable that we may now begin to speak of, and to contemplate, the end of North Korea. This book does just that. The author considers the history, the present dire circumstances, and the current options of the DPRK. He also assesses the risks that North Korea poses to its neighbors and to international stability and suggests ways in which concerned governments might begin to think about the collapse of the DPRK and how to respond. This summary is drawn from the book's introduction.
Nicholas Eberstadt is a visiting scholar at AEI and at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. His previous books include The Tyranny of Numbers: Mismeasurement and Misrule (1995) and Korea Approaches Reunification (1995).