State autonomy and the future of Korean Peninsula

LIU Xuelian1,2 MENG Xiangchen1

(1.Department of Political Science in School of Public Administration at Jilin University)
(2.Institute of Northeast Asia Geo-politics and Geo-economics of Jilin University)

【Abstract】The situation in Northeast Asia has attracted worldwide attention because of the fourth and fifth nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the deployment of “Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)” by the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the US on the Korean Peninsula. Scholars have launched a new discussion on how to deal with these crises brought about by these changes. Based on an analytic framework of the relationship between the theory of state autonomy and the state’s decision making behavior, this paper attempts to analyze the behavioral logic of the two countries on the Korean Peninsula in terms of the choice of foreign policy, pointing out that the main factors influencing the decision-making process of DPRK and ROK are domestic politics and the strategy of great powers. And this paper proposes two policy recommendations, one of which is rejuvenation of the economy of DPRK and the other a change for ROK from the “balancer” to “coordinator.” A prosperous and peaceful future of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia can be ensured only by weakening the policy orientation of “power politics” and emphasizing and focusing on governance and economic growth in policy formulations and implementations.

【Keywords】 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); Republic of Korea (ROK); state autonomy; DPRK nuclear issue; economic DPRK; coordinator;


【Funds】 Key Project of National Social Science Foundation of China (13AZZ014)

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CN: 22-1180/C

Vol 26, No. 01, Pages 90-99+128

January 2017


Article Outline


  • 1 Situation on Korean Peninsula and academic thinking
  • 2 State autonomy and state decision-making behavior
  • 3 The logic of diplomatic behavior of the two countries on the Korean Peninsula in the view of state autonomy
  • 4 Solution to the DPRK’s nuclear issue in the view of state autonomy
  • References