North Korean Review, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Spring 2018)

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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. Back issues are available to individuals $30 and to institutions for $75, and are subject to availability. On our website, the individual price is the default. Institutions interested in purchasing back issues may order online (we will bill you the difference in price), contact your subscription agent, or contact McFarland at 800-253-2187 or

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: 135
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2018
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Managing Editor’s Comments (Lonnie Edge) 3

Special Focus Introduction (Marco Milani and Markus Bell) 5

Special Focus Articles

Securitizing Cooperation: Nuclear Politics and Inter-Korean Relations (Marco Milani) 11

Socializing a Nuclear North Korea: Human Security in Northeast Asia (Markus Bell and Geoffrey Fattig) 30

Dramatic Change in North Korea: Instability and Human Flight Propensity (Bridget L. Coggins with Sara Lafia and Behzad Vahedi Torghabeh) 49

Does a Stable Identity Ensure Ontological Security? Talbukin in South Korea (Sarah Bregman) 71


The North Korean Regime, Domestic Instability and Foreign Policy (Joonbum Bae) 85

Why Expanded North Korean Sanctions Fail (Colonel Robert S. Renfro II) 102

Commentary Essay

More Than Regime Survival (Patrick McEachern) 115

Book Reviews 119

Call for Papers and Style Guide 133

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.