The Korean Peninsula 2008 Opportunities and Cautious (Very Cautious) Optimism in a Year of Reckoning in Global Forecast: the Top
November 14, 2007
Predicting the behavior of North Korea and thus the prognosis for U.S. interests on the Korean Peninsula in 2008 is hazardous duty. Famously mercurial, Kim Jong-il and his colleagues display only one certain and consistent trait—a desire to survive both individually and as a regime. However, more than could ever have been expected as 2007 dawned, 2008 holds the potential for substantial progress in the fundamentals of security on the peninsula, unseen since the end of the Korean War. Nonetheless, many obstacles remain, not the least of which is fundamental uncertainty about North Korea’s strategic goals and intentions.
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