pocketnico saidProbably because lots of liberal Americans want to move to Europe or admire all things European, while virtually nobody has any interest in Russia (except me apparently).
I've commented on your Russian threads!
Most people, international relations experts included, are just as lost as the average person. Very few people outside of North Korea itself know what will happen. The only people who might have a fairly good idea of how things might progress is the Chinese. I suspect the #1 concern of the West, South Korea, and Japan is what will happen to the nuclear material North Korea has in its possession. I hate to say it, but right now, humanitarian concerns are the bottom of the priority list of most Western governments and the US intelligence apparatus.
China is probably just as worried about the nuclear issue, however it is no secret the Chinese government DOES NOT want North Korean refugees coming across the border into China. Part of the reason China has been so quasi-soft on the North Koreans for all these years is because they do not want to destabilize North Korea to the point that refugees might be coming across the border in droves in a way that is currently happening with Syrians fleeing to Turkey and just recently with Libyans fleeing to Europe, especially to Italy.
The other part is that China wants to keep the Norks as a buffer state to drain US resources into South Korea.
A free unified Korea (South wins) would free up US forces ... or put them at China's back door.
A unified Korea under the North would not happen without dragging the region into a major war, especially if the nukes come out.