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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

The System of Division on the Korean Peninsula and Building a "Peace State"

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2006, v.46 no.3, pp.5-34

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Abstract

This paper attempts to identify different phases of inter-Korean rela-tions and explore the possibility of collective action for a new era. Forthe phrase June 15 Era to gain persuasive power, it should be justi-fied through an examination of history. Also, if it is to be more thanjust a wishful metaphor but a signifier of qualitative change in inter-Korean relations, which used to be portrayed as one of hostile coexis-tence, a structural change must occur that allows the two sides to seeeach other as friends rather than enemies. This paper tentativelyasserts that the June 15 Era, which was catalyzed by the transformednational identity of the North and South, has not yet reached the pointwhere they can regard each other as friends. To prevent a return to hos-tility this paper argues for the building of a peace state that transcendsthe identity of modern states striving to enrich their nations andstrengthen their militaries. Collective action on the part of both Koreasto become a people-enriching and peace-loving state, working toestablish friendship and peace with neighboring countries as well aswith each other, will be the driving force that brings about a funda-mental change in their relations.

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Korean peninsula system of division inter-Korean rela-tions peace state June 15 Era cold war national identity reunifica-tion peaceful coexistence national identity Cold WarKoo Kab-Woo (Ku Gap-u) is Associate Professor of Political Scienc Korean peninsula system of division inter-Korean rela-tions peace state June 15 Era cold war national identity reunifica-tion peaceful coexistence national identity Cold WarKoo Kab-Woo (Ku Gap-u) is Associate Professor of Political Scienc

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