Professor Easley’s analysis of the South Korean decisions to close the Kaesong inter-Korean industrial park and deploy the THAAD missile defense system was published in the journal, World Affairs. The two decisions aimed at countering North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are examined with particular attention to timing, domestic political context, international diplomatic signaling, and ability to influence Pyongyang’s policies. The article concludes that “understanding the dangers of escalation, and also how North Korea may have been exploiting Kaesong, are important for building consensus on a strategy to increase South Korean leverage over the North.”
* Leif-Eric Easley, “Kaesong and THAAD: South Korea’s Decisions to Counter the North,” World Affairs, Vol. 179, No. 2 (Summer 2016), pp. 21-27; http://waf.sagepub.com/content/179/2/21.full.pdf.