Talking to North Korea
Ending the Nuclear Standoff
There are many roads to war, but only one path to peace in North Korea
North Korea's regime is often called 'crazy'. But what if we tried to understand the motivations of its leadership? This provocative insider account challenges the media myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader, myths which are invoked by Western governments to support sanctions or even a military strike against the country.
Informed by extraordinary direct access to the leadership of the DPRK, Glyn Ford investigates the internal logic of the regime, providing game-changing insights. Acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply flawed state with an atrocious record on human rights, he shows that sections of the leadership are in fact desperate to modernise and end its isolation. But the country is trapped in an arms race against its enemies and is dependent on its nuclear program. What if, instead of forcing regime change, the West talked to those who want to change the regime from within?
Demanding a dialogue between East and West, Talking to North Korea provides a road map for averting the looming threat of a war in North East Asia that would threaten the lives of millions in the region and the wider world.
Glyn Ford is Director of Track2Asia, a representative on Labour's National Policy Forum and a member of the Labour Party's International Committee. He is the author of Talking to North Korea (Pluto, 2018) and North Korea on the Brink (Pluto, 2007). He has visited North Korea almost 50 times as an MEP amongst other professional capacities.
'An insightful and provocative analysis' - William Ury, co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, co-author of Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In (Random House, 2012)
'A timely, perceptive, and penetrating analysis of North Korea. This is a must for those who are interested in contemporary North Korean affairs' - Chung-in Moon, Distinguished University Professor, Yonsei University
'With almost fifty visits to the DPRK, Glyn Ford is one of the top European experts on the Korean Peninsula. Readers, whatever their political views, will find much to stimulate their thinking regarding one of the most important political-security issues of our time' - Jeffrey D. Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
'With direct access to North Korean government officials and a lifetime of observation and analysis of the country, Glyn Ford has an insight into the country like no other. A strongly recommended impartial read, revealing previous political tricks and failures of 73 years of miscommunication and stagnation... and a possible path out of this mess' - Nicholas Bonner, Founder of Koryo Tours
'Glyn Ford is a very rare case of a Westerner who has both political experience in the West and first-hand experience of dealing with North Korea. His book shows a possible way out of the continuous crisis through slow-motion change - the only way which might work'<br> - Andrei Lankov, author of 'The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia '
'Probably the best topical introduction to one of the most difficult issues in world politics' - Chartist
Map of North Korea
Country Leaders, 1990-2018
Chronology Since 1900
Note on Asian Names
1. Introduction: The Pyongyang Paradox
Part I: Roots of the Present Crisis: Understanding North Korea’s History
2. Drawing the Iron Curtain
3. Kim’s Korea
4. Famine, Markets, Refugees and Human Rights: The Kim Jong II Era
Part II: Continuity and Change
5. Kim Jong Un
6. Daily Life in North Korea
Part III: The Diplomatic Stage
7. The Nuclear Factor
8. Foreign Affairs: Between Rapprochement and Standoff
9. Conclusion: After Singapore
Bibliography and Further Reading
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745337869
eBook ISBN: 9781786803047
129mm x 198mm