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On Korea: Academic Paper Series 2007

Publication: December 2007

The Economic Future of North Korea: Will the Market Rule?

More than two decades ago, when the USSR still existed and the concept of the world socialist system presumed that all socialist countries were developing as one, I argued (still in the framework of what was permitted in terms of Communist lingo) that in the case of North Korea (Democratic…

Disaster Management and Institutional Change in the DPRK: Trends in the Songun Era

One cannot enter the same river twice. Every time one looks at North Korea, on the surface it appears boringly the same. Its life fl ows in the same predictable direction, accelerating at narrow rapids in well known locations that shake up internal stability and generate international agitation. Once these…

Military-First Politics (Songun): Understanding Kim Jong-il's North Korea

As one might say that, without a proper understanding of juche, Kim Il-sung’s North Korea cannot be comprehended, one might also say that a proper understanding of Kim Jong-il’s North Korea is impossible without a proper comprehension of songun. Juche and songun are inseparable in that songun is predicated on…

Marion P. Spina

Brushes with the Law: North Korea and the Rule of Law

Brushes with the law experienced by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) include its behavior with respect to its own laws, international contracts, international dispute resolution, international treaties, and legal actions taken or required by international organizations and other nations. This paper presents the results of a preliminary survey of…

North Korea and the China Model: The Switch from Hostility to Acquiescence

The global community has plainly noticed the critical role played by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in inducing change in North Korea’s diplomatic behavior, particularly with respect to the recent international crisis created by North Korea’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. Less attention has been given, however, to…

Kristin C. Burke, Shin Gi-wook

North Korea and Contending South Korean Identities: Analysis of the South Korean Media; Policy Implications for the United States

After North Korea’s nuclear test on 9 October 2006, the fate of South Korea’s engagement policy with North Korea seemed to hang in the balance. To many, the nuclear test stood as a clear indictment of the Sunshine Policy and its successor, President Roh Moo-hyun’s Peace and Prosperity Policy. After…