Outskirts Press is Pleased to Bring You Peace with North Korea: Opportunity Squandered, Opportunity Renewable?, a Brave and Thought-Provoking New Work
Outskirts Press is pleased to bring you Peace with North Korea: Opportunity Squandered, Opportunity Renewable?, a brave and thought-provoking new work by ex-military officer and peace advocate Randall Cuthbert. His book examines the idea of peace and makes you wonder ~ After Five Decades of Mutual Distrust, Is Peace Possible?
We all remember this fateful day: On October 9, 2006, North Korea tested a nuclear device. To the citizen of the West, this action is incomprehensible. However, to the North Koreans, this action culminates a long and critical process of developing a deterrent against a nuclear attack by the United States, and any possible retribution is well worth the cost. How is it possible to have such divergent viewpoints? How did we reach this dire situation, and, more importantly, where do we go from here? Read the book to find out.
The 1953 negotiated cease-fire between North Korea and the United Nations forces began what no one at the time could have conceived: a 50-plus-year period of unresolved, festering hostility between North Korea and much of the world. These decades have been marked by occasional bouts of violence and terrorism, and in recent years by one of the worst famines the modern world has ever seen. Throughout this period, the diplomatic tools of civilized humankind lay fallow, passively promulgating human suffering on a massive scale.
Cuthbert traces the history of the conflict, analyzes the current problems surrounding it, and offers up some very plausible solutions for resolving it. As he writes, “Conflicts often have valid reasons for being. Understandable causes include resource inequity, power inequity, ideological incompatibility, and territorial disputes. There is hope. Modern conflict resolution theories, including but not limited to those evaluated and employed here, have the potential to offer workable solutions to most conflict situations. We need, however, to choose to employ them.”
Peace with North Korea should be on the bookshelf of every person concerned with the fate of our world. It is a story that continues to unfold before us, a tale where we each can take an active hand in writing the ending.
About the Author: Dr. Randall Cuthbert obtained his Ph.D. from the Saybrook Graduate School, studying Peace and Conflict Resolution. A retired military officer, he strongly believes that most of the world’s conflicts can be resolved by taking a more honest and humanistic approach to conflict resolution than the approaches that have been employed in the past. Randall has lived or served in Italy, the Gulf, Iceland, Japan, and Korea. He has served an internship with the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy. His interest in the Korean conflict arose from a desire to understand closed societies. He has come to believe that the continuance of conflicts such as those with North Korea and Cuba are based largely on a lack of intercultural cognizance and a lack of honest communication. His work, therefore, focuses on creating awareness of this need. Randall is both an optimist and a pragmatist.
Peace with North Korea: Opportunity Squandered, Opportunity Renewable?
by Randall Cuthbert
ISBN 9781432701123, 5.5x8.5, 224 pages
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