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Groping the Inter-Korean Confidence-Building Measures:Focus on the International Case Study and Historic Lessons

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ABSTRACT

For over half a century after the korean war on the Korean Peninsula a place ‘boundary area’ or ‘forward area’ has physically separated North and South Korea, standing as a constant reminder of the wretchedness of modern Korean history. and yet, the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ), the border area that cuts across the center of the Korean Peninsula continues to bear the arms of confrontation under faded ideological flags. The purpose of this paper is groping the inter-Korean confidence building measures forward to coming days. The political atmosphere of the present Korean Peninsula is ‘dark’ and ‘gloomy’. Moreover. present inter-Korean relations are opacity. However, without Confidence-Building Measures(CBMs), communication and cooperation between the two divided states will be limited. To accomplish a peaceful Korean Peninsula, we must draw upon successful international experience of CBMs. The one is the Arab-Israel Conflict and its resolution in the Sinai Peninsula, the other one is the India-China Conflict and its agreement on the maintenance of peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control(LAC) in the India-China Border Areas. In this paper, I have tried to understand the reality and the problem of the inter-Korean CBMs, and to find the lesson of the foreign CBMs. In this respect, we need the firm belief and the will of the leadership to make the inter-Korean CBMs, and through the CBMs of border areas, we should approach to the peaceful coexistence system of the Korean Peninsula.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.