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The main purpose of this dissertation is to explore the possibility of extending and systematising multilateral security co-operation in Northeast Asia through the Six-Party Talks – i.e. the international negotiations that were launched in 2003 and aimed at breaking the impasse over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programmes. The talks involve the two Koreas, the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Russia and the United States. The goal and main thesis of the dissertation is, thus, to advocate the development of the Six-Party Talks into a permanent system of regional security co-operation. This paper argues that Northeast Asia’s security co-operation will pave the way to a far better future. It also warns about the danger of inertia in state policies and the pervasive conventional wisdom of political realism. Beyond the first goal of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the players of Northeast Asia will have to work together in partnership on wider security challenges for the sake of long-term stability and peaceful development in the region.