North Korean Review, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Fall 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 & International Studies Department at Yonsei University.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Yongho Kim
Format: softcover (7 x 10), back issue
Pages: 98
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2017
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

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


Unique or Common? The Kim Jong Un Regime and Modern Authoritarianism (Bon Sang Koo) 5

Inter-Korean Integration Mirrored in Division Films: Changing Collective Emotion in South Korea Toward Inter-Korean Integration (Lee ­Woo-Young and Kim ­Myoung-Shin) 24

The Political Logic of Economic Backwardness in North Korea (Francis Schortgen) 48

Commentary Essays

ASEAN and North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs (Liang Tuang Nah) 66

Pyongyang, Propaganda and Postage Stamps (Mark Sommer) 74


North Korean Human Rights Abuses and Their Consequences (Gregory W. Ulferts and Terry L. Howard) 84

Book Review 93

Call for Papers and Style Guide 96