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North Korean paradoxes: circumstances, costs, and consequences of Korean unification

North Korean paradoxes: circumstances, costs, and consequences of Korean unification

Wolf, Charles, Jr., 1924-2016; Akramov, Kamil

Analyzes economic, political, and security issues associated with Korean unification. Considers how the North Korean system might unravel, leading to possible unification would be under differing circumstances and assumptions. Compares points of relevance and nonrelevance between the German experience with the unification in the 1990s and what might occur in Korea

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp 2005

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Statement of responsibility: Charles Wolf, Jr., Kamil Akramov
ISBN: 0833037625, 0833040758, 0833040782, 9780833037626, 9780833040756, 9780833040787
Note: "MG-333-OSD"--Page 4 of cover.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 65-71).
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 71 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Economic policy.; Politics and government; Security, International.; Korea (North); Korea (North) Economic policy.; POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations General.; Korea (North) Politics and government.; HISTORY.; Korean reunification question (1945- )
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  1. Preamble: purpose and roadmap
  2. North Korea: obscurities and paradoxes
  3. Size, growth, and structure of the North Korean economy
  4. How the system might unravel: scenarios for reunification
  5. The capital costs of Korean reunification: estimation and management
  6. Other estimates of reunification costs
  7. Is Germany's reunification experience relevant?
  8. Conclusions: effects of Korean security policies and programs.