This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Bruce Bennett. They speak about the various pathways to Korean reunification, the likelihood of this occurring via war, regime collapse or negotiation, the relative steps involving trust-building, low-level confederation, and broader political integration, the security considerations and national interests of China, America and South Korea, how successful these different pathways are likely to be, the various concessions that South Koreans will need to undertake, and the future of the inter-Korean negotiations. In part this discussion revolves around Bruce Bennett’s article, ‘Alternative Paths to Korean Unification’ (https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2808.html).
Bruce Bennett is a Senior Researcher at the RAND Corporations International Security and Defense Policy Center and the Arroyo Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. Working on defense, strategy, force planning, and counter-proliferation, Bennett specializes in asymmetric threats. Bennett received his B.S. in economics from the California Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School (https://www.rand.org/about/people/b/bennett_bruce.html).
*** This interview occasionally references a previous episode of the Korea Now Podcast (Episode #11) where Bruce Bennett discusses the “Problem of the North Korean Elites” (http://korea-now-podcast.libsyn.com/the-korea-now-podcast-11-bruce-bennett-getting-ready-for-unification-the-problem-of-the-north-korean-elite).
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