North Korean Review

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring

Bipolar Orders: The Two Koreas since 1989
Bipolar Orders: The Two Koreas since 1989 Hyung Gu Lynn, London: Zed Books, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-84277-743-5, 210 pages.Providing a general background to both North and South Korea, this book answers obvious questions, such as, How did the peninsula become...
Editor's Comments
Thanks, Thomson ReutersOn October 12, 2009, Thomson Reuters announced the selection of NKR for inclusion in the prestigious Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), only four years after NKR's 2005 inaugural issue. Since NKR provides academics and policy...
Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country
Escaping North Korea: Defiance and Hope in the World's Most Repressive Country by Mike Kim, Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-74255620-1, 239 pages.Kim's Escaping North Korea is an empirically rich and insightful attempt...
Human Rights Policies of China and Japan towards North Korea: Domestic Agendas and International Norms
Introduction: The "North Korean Problems"The "North Korean problems" constitute two primary concerns: nuclear threats and human rights abuses.1 The complex "problems" defy a one-dimensional approach. Nuclear threats constitute conventional security concern,...
North Korean Newsbriefs
Additional Reports Point to Kim Jong-un as Possible SuccessorAccording to news reports in the beginning of June, the South Korean National Intelligence Agency (NIS) intercepted messages from North Korea to its overseas embassies stating that Kim Jong-un,...
North Korea on the Brink: Struggle for Survival
North Korea on the Brink: Struggle for Survival by Glyn Ford with Soyoung Kwon, Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pluto Press, 2008, ISBN: 978-07453-2598-9, 249 pages.Despite the Hollywood-inspired and media-driven impression of North Korea as a totalitarian monolith-not...
North Korea's Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: Does North Korea Follow Vietnam's Path?
IntroductionNorth Korea has pursued an ideology of Juche, or self-reliance, since the 1950s and has isolated itself from the world economy. The Juche policy consists of three elements: political independence from all foreign powers, economic self-sufficiency,...
Paradigm Conflicts among Allies: Historical Origins of the U.S.-ROK Split over North Korea
IntroductionNorth Korea haunted the United States with its nuclear programs in two ways. It first jeopardized the U.S. efforts to curb the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Secondly, the nuclear crisis encroached on the stability of the U.S.-South...
Phases of the Relationship between East Germany and North Korea after World War II
IntroductionAmong today's and in history's divided countries, such as China/Taiwan, Yemen, Cyprus, Ireland, and India/Pakistan/Bangladesh, the similarities between Korea and Germany are remarkable: Both countries were divided after World War II and both...
Reform without Transition: The Economic Situation in North Korea since the July 1, 2002, Measures
Poor Economic Performance in North KoreaDespite the severe economic hardship, North Korea has devoted its energy to strengthening its military capabilities. Adhering to the so-called "military first politics, the harsh North Korean regime continues to...
Teaching English to North Korean Refugees in South Korea: An Interview with Karen Choi
BackgroundAlzo David-West: How did you become interested in teaching English as a foreign language?Karen Choi: First, I would like to say that it is my delight that I am able to share a little about my experience teaching North Korean refugees in South...
The Making of Modern Korea, Second Edition
The Making of Modern Korea, Second Edition by Adrian Buzo, London, New York: Routledge, 2007, ISBN 978-0-415-414838, 216 pages.This is the new edition of Adrian Buzo's history of Korea since 1910. His previous book on North Korea, Guerilla [sic] Dynasty,...
U.S.-North Korean Relations: Classifications Based on Policy Decisions and Their Effect on the Korean Peninsula
IntroductionThe relationship between the United States and North Korea is wavering between confrontation and communication, depending on the choices made by President Obama and Kim Jong Il. To have a realistic outlook upon the situation, it would be...
U.S.-North Korea Relations under the Obama Administration: Problems and Prospects
IntroductionThe inauguration of President Obama in January 2009 aroused expectations in Pyongyang that the strained relationship between North Korea and the U.S. would improve under the new U.S. administration, for Obama had indicated during the 2008...
When Leaders Learn and When They Don't: Mikhail Gorbachev and Kim Il-Sung at the End of the Cold War
When Leaders Learn and When They Don't: Mikhail Gorbachev and Kim Il-Sung at the End of the Cold War Akan Malici. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008, 194 pages, ISBN: 9780-7914-7303-0, $65With this book Malici has made an excellent and...
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