North Korean Review, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2015)

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About the Book

North Korean Review is the first academic journal in North America or Europe to focus exclusively on North Korea. The purpose of NKR is to provide readers with an improved understanding of the country’s complexities and the threat it presents to global stability.
International and interdisciplinary, NKR is a refereed journal published twice a year. Topics include culture, history, economics, business, religion, politics and international relations, among others.
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About the Author(s)

Yongho Kim is the director of the Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies and a professor in the Political Science and International Studies Department at Yonsei University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Yongho Kim
Format: softcover (7 x 10), back issue
Pages: 120
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2015
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editors’ Comments (Yongho Kim and Lonnie Edge) 3


The U.S.–North Korea Geneva Agreed Framework: Strategic Choices and Credible Commitments (Eunyoung Ha and Christopher Hwang) 7

Institutional Multilateralism in Northeast Asia: A Path Emergence Theory Perspective (Ki-joon Hong) 24

Sweden’s Engagement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Magnus Andersson and Jinsun Bae) 42

How Beneficial Would the Construction of a ­Rason-Hunchun ­Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation Zone in the Northeast Asian Borderlands Be? (Sung-Hoon Lim) 63

Inevitable Reform? The ­Politico-Economic Choices Facing North Korea Under Kim ­Jong-Un’s Rule (Hanhee Lee) 82

Special Features

The Survival of North Korea: A Case for Rethinking the U.S.–North Korea Nuclear Standoff (Suk Hi Kim) 101

Book Reviews 114

Call for Papers and Style Guide 118

Book Reviews & Awards

“Has played a defining role in the field of North Korean studies…recommend[ed] that most academic and public libraries subscribe in order to provide relevant information about Northeast Asian peace and economic prosperity.”—Library Journal.