A nuclear future and the evolution of the military dynamic on the Korean peninsula

Policy Brief
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Asia  Conflict  Defence  Security policy
Written by

Ian Bowers

Associate Professor, Royal Danish Defence College


North Korea’s nuclear program continues unabated and there is little prospect of a resolution to this seemingly intractable issue. The Kim regime, contrary to international law, is developing and testing a series of new missile and nuclear capabilities including more survivable missiles and tactical nuclear weapons that are increasingly difficult to defend against. At the same time, South Korea is investing in a series of conventional capabilities aimed at deterring and defending a North Korean nuclear attack. Consequently, there is increasing concern in the policy and academic discourse about strategic stability on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Published year: 2022
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  • Publisher: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
  • Page count: 4
  • Language: English
  • Volume: 12
  • Journal: NUPI Policy Brief