Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Other Works by the Author, Other Works in the Series, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

...The Kim Jong-il era in North Korea began with the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, in 1994 and ended with his own death in 2011 after suffering from a variety of ailments. While the United States was never on friendly terms with North Korea, the Kim Jong-il era represented a time when relations were perhaps more tense than they had been since the end of...

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1 Introduction

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pp. 1-10

...With Kim Jong-il’s death at the end of 2011, a great deal of discussion has ensued in the international press, on radio and television shows, and in some short “think pieces” published by scholars and other experts on both sides of the Pacific. But perhaps precisely because Kim Jong-il’s death is so recent, almost no books have been published that specifically discuss the impact that Kim Jong-il’s last years as the leader of...

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2 Maintaining a Rogue Military: North Korea’s Military Capabilities and Strategy at the End of the Kim Jong-il Era and South Korea’s Ability to Counter the DPRK Threat

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pp. 11-56

...health issues in 2009 led to a plethora of pondering press pieces all over East Asia and in the United States. Indeed, questions about how long the Dear Leader would continue to live also led to international curiosity about the regime succession process in North Korea and about the apparent plans for Kim to be succeeded by his third and youngest son, Kim Chong-un. But while these questions caught the fancy of the international...

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3 The Sinking of the Cheonan and the Shelling of Yeonpyeong Island: A Case Study of North Korea’s Asymmetric Northern Limit Line Strategy

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pp. 57-88

...coast that separates the two Koreas, and launched what an investigation has now determined was a CHT-02D, indigenously produced, wake-homing torpedo at the ROK Navy ship Cheonan. The torpedo produced a bubble effect, causing an explosion that split the ship in half. Forty-six naval personnel (out of a crew of 104) perished in the attack...

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4 Planning for the Unthinkable: Countering a North Korean Nuclear Attack and Management of Postattack Scenarios

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pp. 89-110

...when former American president Jimmy Carter was able to bring Pyongyang back from the brink and helped to negotiate what would later become known as the Agreed Framework. Since that time, North Korea has been engaged in on-again, off-again talks with the United States and other key players in the region; used numerous acts of brinkmanship with its nuclear program; and conducted...

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5 North Korea and Support for Terrorism: An Evolving History

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pp. 111-128

...To understand Pyongyang’s current policy of supporting non-state actors—most proving to be groups acknowledged as terrorists—first one must understand how this policy evolved. The leaders in Pyongyang did not wake up one morning and simply decide to train and equip terrorist groups at various locations around the globe. Rather, North Korea began actively supporting groups that engage in terrorism—and Pyongyang, in fact, engaged in its own acts of terrorism...

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6 Conclusion: The Impact of the Last Years of the Kim Jong-il Regime on the Future of North Korea

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pp. 129-146

...profound impact on what was to come later. Ultimately, Kim Jong-il apparently did not feel compelled to begin a succession process in any kind of focused way until after he had suffered a stroke in 2008.1 The reasons for this are still quite puzzling. In Confucian societies, the oldest son is the traditional heir, yet both the first and second sons proved not to be “up to the task,” at least in the eyes of Kim Jong-il and the North Korean...

Notes

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pp. 147-196

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 197-214

Index

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pp. 215-222

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About the Author

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pp. 223-223

...Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr., is associate professor of political science at Angelo State University and a retired marine. He was formerly on the faculty at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2005–2010) and the Air Command and Staff College (2003–2005). Dr. Bechtol served as an adjunct visiting professor at the Korea University Graduate School of...