Realistic Engagement With North Korea
As the countries in the six-party talks work feverishly to turn the February 13 agreement into a concrete and workable plan that will lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the integration of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) into the international community, much will hinge on key decisions that policymakers in the DPRK will have to make on its nuclear program and the nature of its integration into the international community.

A great deal of uncertainty exists in the US policy community about decision making in the DPRK. To shed light on these issues, the Stanley Foundation and the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation convened a workshop in Washington, DC, on February 22, 2007, entitled "Realistic Engagement: What Do We Know About Economic and Political Decision making in the DPRK?"

The workshop brought together academics, policy analysts, current and former government officials, journalists, and business executives from the Asia-Pacific region, Australia, Europe, and the United States who closely follow the DPRK to provide their insights into the opaque world of economic and political policymaking in that country. This memo provides a brief summary of recommendations offered by participants in the workshop.

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