Student Research

The Possibilities and Challenges of the Korean Unification

Both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have seen separated ever since the Korean War. When they ceased fire and signed the armistice in 1953, the world thought if unification would be possible again. Almost after 70 years, it seems the waiting has paid off. The DPRK and the ROK leaders have signed and agreed upon a peace treaty agreement in 2018, easing tension in the Korean peninsula and for the first time it opens an opportunity. Now, unification of the two Koreas is on their next agenda and pressing issues such as nuclear disarmament of nuclear weapons and easing tension on the DMZ is now in the negotiation table. Although there are still unresolved compromises for a unification to happen that needs to be analyzed such as both countries economy, government systems, social structure and foreign policies, these will give an insight and possible scenarios of the outcome of the Korean unification.

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research