Towards peace in the Korean Peninsula: nuclear deterrence and alternative security approaches

Given their catastrophic destructive power, the existence and use of nuclear weapons have found validity primarily in the concept of ‘deterrence’, i.e., the restraint of nuclear war, with political realism as the main philosophical foundation. Far from its basic aim of ‘war-prevention’, however, nuclear deterrence has involved in theory and in practice many risks of ‘war-fighting’, and thus various alternative ideas have been proposed. Since their emergence in 1948, South-North Korean relations have been marked...
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