Superficially, at least, security developments in Northeast Asia, and especially on the Korean Peninsula, over the past year have generally been positive. Compared to twelve months ago, North Korea has gone from being a riveting preoccupation to more of a continuing security concern. It now seems less like a menace and more like a problem. In other words, rightly or wrongly, the centrality of the North Korean issue has diminished.
PacNet #1 – Strengthening Security and Stability: Prospects, Problems, and Opportunities
January 7, 2000