North Korean Review, Vol. 13, No. 1 (Spring 2017)

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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
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2017
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

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


Bullying or Reciprocity? Predominant Pattern of Behavior Between the United States and North Korea (Jan Blinka and Zdeněk Kříž) 7

Cooperation and Limitations of China’s Sanctions on North Korea: Perception, Interest and Institutional Environment (Kihyun Lee and Jangho Kim) 28

The Paradox of North Korea’s Nuclear Diplomacy: Insights from Conflict Transformation Theory (Christoph Bluth) 45

Political, Social and Economic Inequality in North Korea (Zachary Patterson) 63

Commentary Essays

Reasons for a Policy of Engagement with North Korea: The Role of China (Suk Hi Kim) 85

North Korea’s Nuclear Tests and Sino–U.S. Cooperation (Gong Keyou) 94

Book Reviews 103

Call for Papers and Style Guide 109

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.