Academic journal article North Korean Review

New Challenges of North Korean Foreign Policy

Academic journal article North Korean Review

New Challenges of North Korean Foreign Policy

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New Challenges of North Korean Foreign Policy Edited by Kyung-Ae Park, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, ISBN: 978-0230103634, 244 pp.

North Korean policy behavior has long intrigued scholars, puzzled laymen, frustrated negotiators, and aggravated policy-makers. New Challenges of North Korean Foreign Policy has brought together ten of the world's leading experts to look at the internal and external challenges facing North Korea from a variety of perspectives-economic, political, social, and historical. Insightful and timely, this is an outstanding collection on a topic of critical importance to the Northeast Asian region, and indeed to the international community as a whole. In other words, witnessing the rapid changes in North Korea's foreign policy environment, the contributors to this volume examine the implications for Pyongyang's foreign policy of the domestic challenges posed by the changing national identity and ideology, people's exiting of the country, economic stagnation, and military-first politics. They also offer insight into the impact of various external challenges on North Korea's foreign policy, such as China "rising," multilateralism, and leadership changes in the United States and South Korea, and assess Pyongyang's strategies for coping with these challenges. …

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