The Korean Civil-Military Balance

Author
Anthony H. Cordesman
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
President Trump's cancellation of the summit with North Korea is a warning as to just how difficult it is to bring any kind of stability to the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. It is also a warning that the U.S. cannot focus on the nuclear issue and ICBM, rather than the overall military balance in the Koreas and the impact that any kind of war fighting can have on the civil population of South Korea and the other states in Northeast Asia. The nuclear balance is an all too critical aspect of regional security, but it is only part of the story and military capability do not address the potential impact and cost of any given form of conflict.
Topic
Diplomacy, Regional Cooperation, Military Strategy, Conflict
Political Geography
United States, Japan, China, Asia, South Korea, North Korea