While this module is focused on Germany and Korea, are there any other countries that these lessons about reunification could be applied to? What are some issues that could prevent other countries from unifying?

The great problem standing in the way of Korean reunification is the enormous disparity in the North, between the ruling class and the ruled. Millions live on the edge of starvation, while Communist Party cadre enjoy a comfortable, middle-class lives. Some families designated “enemies of the people” have been suffering in forced labor camps for three generations. It’s safe to assume that if the North Korean dictatorship ever disappears, the “have-nots” will have scores to settle with the “haves.”

How can freedom come to the North, without triggering a civil war? Support your conclusions with references and current events.

Discussion: Reunification