Conflict Prevention and Management in Northeast Asia: The Korean Peninsula and Taiwan Strait in Comparison
Editor: Niklas Swanström, Sofia Ledberg and Alec Forss
Date Of Publication: May 2010
Two of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints, this edited volume with contributions by leading scholars offers a comprehensive evaluation and comparison of approaches to conflict management and prevention on the Korean Peninsula and in the Taiwan Strait. The consequences of any escalation of these two conflicts and the difficulties in resolving them necessitate a fresh look at designing new strategies to prevent and contain conflict as well as highlighting the limitations of existing measures. Presenting both a theoretical and practical examination of conflict prevention and management, the volume provides a comparative analysis of the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Strait-identifying lessons that could be transferred between the two cases but also the obstacles to this. The experiences of other regions and the role of third parties are also examined. This is a valuable addition to the literature for students of peace and conflict studies as well as policy-makers with an interest in Northeast Asia.
Dr. Niklas Swanström is Co-founder and Director of the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. He is also Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies as well as Editor of the China Eurasia Forum Quarterly, a quarterly publication on China and Eurasia. His main areas of expertise are conflict prevention, conflict management, regional cooperation, narcotics trafficking, as well as Chinese foreign policy and security in Northeast Asia. He received his PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Sofia K. Ledberg is PhD candidate at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research focuses on force modernization, and the foreign and security policy of the People’s Republic of China. She teaches courses on International Relations in Northeast Asia and Chinese security policy at Uppsala University. She has also been a student at Beijing College of Economics in China and the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University, UK.
Alec Forss is Junior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden. He is the author of “Unofficial mediation” in The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, edited by Nigel Young (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). He holds an MA in International Studies from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.
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