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Nicholas Eberstadt 

Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy
American Enterprise Institute
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About Nicholas Eberstadt 

Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researches and writes extensively on demographics and economic development generally, and more specifically on international security in the Korean Peninsula and Asia. Domestically, he focuses on poverty and social well-being. Mr. Eberstadt is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

His many books and monographs include “Poverty in China” (IDI, 1979); “The Tyranny of Numbers” (AEI Press, 1995); “The End of North Korea” (AEI Press, 1999); “The Poverty of the Poverty Rate” (AEI Press, 2008); “Russia’s Peacetime Demographic Crisis” (NBR, 2010); and “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis” (Templeton Press, 2016). His most recent book is “China’s Changing Family Structure” (editor, AEI Press, 2019). He has offered invited testimony before Congress on numerous occasions.

In addition to his work at AEI and NBR, Mr. Eberstadt was a founding board member of the US Committee on Human Rights in North Korea. He has also participated in various commissions, including the Global Agenda Council at the World Economic Forum, US Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People, and President’s Council on Bioethics.

Mr. Eberstadt earned his PhD in political economy and government, MPA, and AB from Harvard University, in addition, to a master of science from the London School of Economics.

Much has been written over the years on the geopolitical, security, legal, institutional, economic, and policy requisites for success in a hypothetical Korean reunification. One issue that has attracted much…

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Region: Asia

August 31, 2011

Can the economic system of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) be successfully reformed? That is to say: Is it possible for contemporary North Korea, with…

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Can the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, also known as North Korea) survive—as a distinct regime, an autonomous state, a spe- cific political-economic system, and a sovereign country? Can…

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May 25, 2011