“This superb, well-researched, and timely book is about much more than the title implies. The authors go beyond appropriate indictment of U.S. policies toward the two Koreas in recent years to make a reasoned (debatable) case for substantial reductions of U.S. military commitments in the East Asia/Pacific region. Policymakers, scholars, and students who analyze American security policy toward the region will need this book close at hand.”
—William J. Taylor, former director of national security studies at West Point and distinguished alumnus of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
“Korean Conundrum makes a powerful, well-argued, solidly documented case for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea. This is an important book with a grim warning: that South Korea and the U.S. are headed for a ‘nasty divorce’ as the strains in their half-century alliance steadily grow. It presents incontestable evidence that the alliance is no longer necessary in the context of South Korea’s rising economic strength and North Korea’s continuing economic paralysis. Written in a lively, lucid style, it offers a stimulating antidote to the conventional wisdom, easily accessible to the general reader and the foreign policy specialist alike.”
—Selig Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and author of Korean Endgame
“In the Korean Conundrum Ted Carpenter and Doug Bandow present an innovatively provocative analysis of U.S. policy toward the two Koreas, drawing on thorough research of a broad spectrum of academic and journalistic views of Korean affairs. All those interested in U.S. policy toward Asia will benefit from reading their call for an 'amicable divorce'; predicated on ROK self-reliance and the end of the U.S. defensive commitment to Korea.”
—Edward A. Olsen, professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and author of Normalizing U.S.-Korea Relations: In Due Course.