This is the most balanced and informative account of the foreign policy of the two Koreas to appear in many years. There is a variety of tables on North and South Korea's diplomatic relations, foreign trade, and military strength. The author analyzes the stalemate between the two Koreas and the great-power rivalry in which their foreign policies are shaped. He is not optimistic about a peaceful settlement and he is harsh about U.S. policy, which he finds has been "singularly sterile." "Do not American stakes and interests in the Korean peninsula warrant a higher priority and a more imaginative policy than what we have witnessed thus far?" he asks.