North Korean Review

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring

A Perspective on Institutional Change in North Korea
IntroductionNorth Korea remains one of the last economies in the world modeled after the Stalinist economic planning model. Despite its small size North Korea is a major concern in both Asia and the world because of its nuclear ambitions and achievements,...
Between Discord and Cooperation: Japan and the Two Koreas
Between Discord and Cooperation: Japan and the Two Koreas, By Byung Chul Koh, Yonsei University Press, 2007.Among the Cold War's most troublesome legacies, the frictions on the Korean Peninsula have stubbornly resisted solution for over fifty years....
Distribution of Land Property in North Korea after Reunification: A Constitutional Point of View
IntroductionThe transformation of the North Korean economy from a centrally planned model into a viable economy based on individual liberty has been the subject of much discussion in recent years. If, one day in the future, a perspective for peaceful...
Editor's Comments
Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST)I had the privilege of chairing a session on the North Korean economy at the 9th World Knowledge Forum (WKF) held in Seoul, South Korea, October 14-16, 2008. The Maeil Business Newspaper, Korea's number...
Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb
Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb. By Charles L. Pritchard, Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institute Press, 2007. $26.95.Charles L. Pritchard is blunt in his criticism of the Bush administration's policy toward the DPRK...
Kaesong Industrial Complex, History, Pending Issues, and Outlook
Kaesong Industrial Complex, History, Pending Issues, and Outlook By Lim Eul-chul, Seoul: Haenam Publishing, 2007, ISBN 978-89-86703-84-9, 245 pp, 30 USD.Although North Korea had been gradually reforming its troubled economic system since the early 1990s,...
North Korea and the Northern Limit Line
IntroductionWhen negotiators concluded the Korean War armistice in July 1953 to bring an end to the hostilities on the peninsula, one of the important dimensions of the agreeU.S. ment was delineating a border between the two Koreas. On land, this division...
North Korean Newsbriefs
Pyongyang Hands Nuclear Documents to WashingtonFollowing the April 8 meeting in Singapore with United States Assistant State Secretary Christopher Hill and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Gye-gwan, the U.S. and North Korea struck a tentative memorandum...
Regime Change in North Korea?: Economic Reform and Political Opportunity Structures
IntroductionThe issue of regime change in North Korea began to draw international attention after the fall of the communist regimes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Many analysts predicted that North Korea would have followed Poland and...
Telecommunications in North Korea: Has Orascom Made the Connection?
IntroductionTelecommunications are one of the basic building blocks of a modern economy. In a world of globalized competition, economic development can be hamstrung by inferior telecommunications. But the formation of telecommunications policy poses...
The Origins of the Great North Korean Famine: Its Dynamics and Normative Implications
IntroductionWith the collapse of the Soviet Union, North Korea faced what many of the excommunist states faced in the early 1990s: a depletion of aid and a collapse of economic relationships that was truly devastating to its political economy. But unlike...
The Paradox of North Korea's Ideological Radicalism: Shaky Social Basis of Strengthening Ideological Campaigns *
IntroductionNorth Korea, the most isolated state in the world, regards itself as a "socialist dynasty" and embraces a unique ruling ideology. The North defines itself as a Kim Il-Sung nation: the leader is worshipped as a deity and political power has...
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