Title page for ETD etd-06082000-11200042

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lee, Ergene
Author's Email Address el22@georgetown.edu
URN etd-06082000-11200042
Title The 1993 North Korean Nuclear crisis: a Foreign Policy Analysis
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Weisband, Edward Committee Chair
Borer, Douglas A. Committee Member
Corntassel, Jeffrey J. Committee Member
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • NuclearProgram
  • DPRK
  • Track II Diplomacy
  • Foreign Policy
  • James Carter
  • North Korea
Date of Defense 2000-05-05
Availability unrestricted
In this paper I apply the Rational Actor model to the 1993-1994 North Korean

Nuclear Crisis. I begin with two hypotheses: 1) North Korea attempted nuclear armament

because of its perception of threat from South Korea and the United States; 2) North

Korea attempted nuclear armament because it wanted to use its nuclear program as

leverage to obtain economic assistance from the United States. I conduct a diplomatic

historical analysis based on the Rational Actor model to determine which was North

Korea’s primary objective, and conclude that the primary objective of North Korea was

obtaining economic concessions, but that threat perception did seem to play a role in the

decision to start the nuclear program. In this process, I show that the Rational Actor

model was insufficient in the analysis and that it must be complemented by cultural

factors, “thickening” the rationality.

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