Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in US-North Korea Relations
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How has North Korea managed to experience numerous foreign policy crises since the 1960s without escalation to war? Why has North Korea been willing to repeatedly engage in small-scale attacks against the United States and its South Korean ally? And why have U.S. officials in liberal and conservative presidential administrations only rarely taken North Korean threats seriously? In the book Rival Reputations (Cambridge University Press)، Van Jackson argues that these puzzles are best explained with reference to the weight of history in U.S. and North Korean foreign policy. The book draws on the concept of reputation--the influence of past words and deeds on decision-making in the present--to explain patterns of hostile interactions in foreign policy between the United States and North Korea from 1960s through the present day. The book contributes to major debates about both the role of reputation in international relations and Korean historiography. The book's findings also have implications for the conduct of U.S. and South Korean foreign and defense policy toward North Korea.
Charting the turbulent history of US-North Korea relations from the 1960s to 2010، Van Jackson surveys the role of reputation to understand why most - but not all - North Korean threats are dismissed and why their acts of unreciprocated violence against more powerful states do not lead to war.
Hardcover: 228 pages Author:Dr. Van Jackson Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 19، 2016) Language: English Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
About the Author Dr. Van Jackson is a scholar، defense strategist، and policy expert specializing in Asia. A Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington، he is also the Defence & Strategy Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Studies، as well as host of the Pacific Pundit podcast series. Prior to joining Victoria University، Dr. Jackson taught at Hawaii Pacific University، the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies، Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America. He has also held fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations، Center for a New American Security، and Pacific Forum CSIS. In 2011، he was selected as one of the "Top 99 under 33" foreign policy leaders by Diplomatic Courier magazine (an honor for which he is now too old to qualify، thankfully). In 2015، Dr. Jackson testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs، Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific، to address how military trends were affecting the regional security environment. Although he writes، researches، and speaks about a wide range of topics--from defense strategy and U.S. foreign policy to international relations theory and maritime security--he is best known as an expert on Korean affairs. Dr. Jackson started his career by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force as a Korean linguist and intelligence analyst، working his way through school before serving in several policy and strategy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Editorial Reviews "Let's hope advisors to the future POTUS 45 find time to read serious books like Van Jackson's Rival Reputations، a densely researched study of how the US and North Korea misread each other's signals and are locked in a pattern of interaction that serves neither's national interest." --Global Asia (Dr. John Delury، Yonsei University)
"Few issues in international relations theory or U.S. national security strategy are as important as the puzzle of credibility and reputation. Does cultivating a reputation for toughness--or weakness--affect the actions of rivals? Van Jackson's superb and timely study offers important insight on this subject for scholars and policymakers alike. He derives nuanced and useful lessons from the history of U.S.-North Korean relations، explaining both the potential advantages، and very real costs، of backing down in the face of provocations. Rival Reputations is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the ways in which reputation affects state behavior." --Dr. Michael J. Mazarr، RAND Corporation
"Van Jackson has crafted a fascinating study that examines how North Korea and the United States perceived and evaluated each other's resolve and credibility. His book has richly detailed case studies of U.S.-North Korean interactions that address crucial questions in their relationship. Rival Reputations makes an excellent contribution to the literature on reputation and credibility and provides exceptional analysis on Korean security issues that makes this book required reading for all who work in this field." --Dr. Terence Roehrig، U.S. Naval War College
"...The effects of reputation on crisis bargaining remains a surprisingly unsettled field of theory and research in international relations...Jackson's evidence comes in the form of absolutely first-rate case studies--well structured and drawing on an array of primary evidence...A particularly noteworthy feature of these studies is the granular way in which Jackson reconstructed the US debates about retaliatory options and measured their consequences...it is refreshing to see some serious qualitative IR work on the Peninsula." --Dr. Stephan Haggard، University of California، San Diego
"In Rival Reputations، Jackson does an excellent job of integrating theory، current history، area studies، and policy...For security studies specialists focusing on the Korean Peninsula، this is a must read." --SinoNK