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The European Union's North Korean Policy: the rationales of the soft-security policy approach

MOOSUNG LEE 1

1명지대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

The aim of this paper is to examine the driving forces behind the EU's North Korean policy, not least when the recent rounds of enlargements appear to have particular policy implications. It is against this backdrop that this paper attempts to provide an additional explanatory variable to make sense of the EU's North Korean policy. There is a conventional approach built on the intergovernmentalist perspective which accounts for the soft security approach adopted by the EU. Given the difficulties in ensuring the cooperation among the member states in terms of foreign and security polcy, it is evitable to undertake a soft security policy, which is much easier to muster agreement among members. However, this approach is challenged by using constructivist view, which is used to put the role of small states into perspective when the CFSP is socialized among the member states.

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