Diplomatic Relations with the DPRK: India as a Global Case Study
Global Politics Review
Vol. 2, No. 1 (April 2016): 50-64.
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v02_i01_p50
Published: 28 April 2016
Abstract: India’s “backstage” relationship with the DPRK is an important case study from not only a historical perspective, but also as an insight into successful diplomatic relations. As one of the few countries with strong ties in both Koreas, India is a relevant example of how to “manage North Korea” as the United States normalizes diplomatic relations with Cuba and Iran. The lessons of India’s past can be applied to contemporary times. The analysis of this relationship regarding solely North Korea has yet to be formalized and explored in an academic sense. With only a handful of substantive pieces written, it is important to review the diplomatic ties between these two nations from a “how to” perspective and understand the best way to utilize their future relations based on their history, including from the US perspective. With next to no formal academic research on the DPRK-India diplomatic ties outside of a few short think-tank articles, this paper will allow researchers to be more aware of this blossoming affiliation, relevant literature and ever-growing importance for the future of the DPRK. This paper facilitates discussion and interest between the two nations as the DPRK continues to define itself under Kim Jung Un’s rule; additionally regarding the current US perspective in relation to Cuba and the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Keywords: North Korea, DPRK, India, Obama Trifecta, Kim Jung Un, Iran Nuclear Deal.
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