S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소, 연구원) Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (통일평화연구원) Journal of peace and unification studies (통일과 평화) Journal of peace and unification studies (통일과 평화) no.01 (2009)
한반도 통일에 관한 이론적 고찰
A Theoretical Analysis of Reunification of Korea
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- Journal of peace and unification studies, Vol.1, pp. 72-109
- This article attempts to suggest a theoretical analysis of Korean reunification
based on an evaluation of rapidely changing situations in and out of Korean
Peninsula. Reunification concerns future governance of Korean peninsula:
the appropriate form of governance of Korean people living in the Peninsula.
The concept of reunification, then, changes under different situations in
which postmodern transition in international relations happens with megatrends
of globalization, democratization and the information revolution. New units
of global politics such as regional states, global state, and also nation-states
compete for the next stage of global politics, in which new unit on the
Peninsula should live with them.
Theoretical view, then, needs to reflect various levels of analysis, which
will require insights not only from theories of inter-Korean relations, but also
international relations theories such as realism, liberalism, and constructivism.
New forms of reunificaiton will be determined by multi-leveled, and
multi-faceted networks of different actors including multi-ethnic groups living
on the Peninsula.
Network knowledge state will take a new role in goverening different and
diverse networks between two Koreas, and between two Koreas and
international, and subnational institutions. States, then, will perform as an
actor to meta-govern these diverse actors to enhance network-type reunification between two Koreas and other actors.