North Korean Review, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 2016)

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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: 140
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2016
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor-in-Chief’s Comments (Yongho Kim) 3

Managing Editor’s Comments (Lonnie Edge) 6


Discovering Mineralogical Terrains and Landscapes of North Korean and Soviet Development, 1945–1950, in the Captured Documents Collection (Robert Winstanley-Chesters) 9

Income Among North Korean Refugees in South Korea: A Longitudinal Survey (Jin-Won Noh, Young Dae Kwon and Shieun Yu) 27

Small-Power Diplomacy in Northeast Asia: Mongolian–North Korean Relations During the Cold War, 1948–1989 (Balázs Szalontai) 45

Satellite Data, Women Defectors and Black Markets in North Korea: A Quantitative Study of the North Korean Informal Sector Using Night-Time Lights Satellite Imagery (Maximilian Ernst and Roman Jurowetzki) 64

Special Features

Anything Could Happen: Newly Declassified CIA Documents Tell an Entirely Different North Korea “Pueblo Incident” Story (Bill Streifer) 84

Commentary Essays

Investing in the World’s Most Isolated Country: Challenges Faced by Chinese Private Investors in North Korea (YaoHui Wang) 105

Differing Approaches to Non-Traditional Security and Impediments to Interstate Cooperation in North Korea–Russia Bilateral Relations (Anthony V. Rinna) 116

Difficulties in Gathering and Understanding Intelligence About North Korea (Stephan Blancke) 123

Book Reviews 130

Call for Papers and Style Guide 138

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.