Current Politics and Economics of Northern and Western Asia

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 2, 2012

Foreign Assistance to North Korea *
A BRIEF HISTORY OF U.S. AID THROUGH 20091950-1990sFor four decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, U.S. strategy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK, commonly referred to as North Korea) was relatively simple: deter an attack...
Kim Jong-Il's Death: Implications for North Korea's Stability and U.S. Policy *
NORTH KOREA'S STABILITYOne notable feature of official U.S. and South Korean reactions to Kim Jong-il's death is the extent to which both governments have publicly stated their desire for North Korea to remain stable.3 Instability in North Korea would...
North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues *
LATEST DEVELOPMENTSEfforts toward dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program under the Six-Party Talks have been stalled since the spring of 2009.1 North Korea conducted a second nuclear test in May 2010, which resulted in tougher UN Security...
North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation *
LATEST DEVELOPMENTSFood Aid Debate ContinuesBeginning in early 2011, North Korea issued an appeal for international food aid. A subsequent World Food Program (WFP) assessment reported in March that a quarter of the North Korean population nation is facing...
The Kaesong North-South Korean Industrial Complex
DEVELOPMENTS FROM MARCH 2010-JUNE 2010The Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) is an industrial park located in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) just across the demilitarized zone from South Korea. As of the end of December...
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