North Korean Review, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 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.
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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: 125
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2018
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Editor’s Comments (Yongho Kim) 3


The Concerns and Potential of North Korean Defector Students’ Education: Teachers’ Perceptions at “A Alternative School” (Jin Ah Kim and Sung-Sang Yoo) 5

Urbanization in North Korea: An Outline of Its Peculiarities and an Estimation of Its Real Rate (Pavel P. Em) 26

Changes in the North Korean Welfare System: A Comparison of the Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un Eras (Min Kichae and Ko Hyejin) 46

Cold War Stasis: Past and Continuing Problems in the Normalization of Japan–North Korea Relations (Anthony DiFilippo) 64

Commentary Essays

Singapore as Aspiration: Making Further Use of the City-State to Engage North Korea (Andray Abrahamian) 87

The Singapore Summit Joint Statement: An Incremental Movement Toward Peace on the Korean Peninsula (Jonathan Lim) 101

Book Reviews 113

Call for Papers and Style Guide 123

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.