While Kim Jong Il clings to power in a nation that's increasingly isolated and impoverished, Park Jong Chul plans for the day when North Korea is no longer around. Park is a senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification, a South Korean think tank devoted to bringing about the reunification of the two Koreas. In book-crammed offices on the outskirts of Seoul, 35 political scientists, economists and sociologists draft strategies by studying other cases of unification (such as Germany and Vietnam) and try to divine what shape the Koreas might take in a post-Kim world. The result of...

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