North Korean Review, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Fall 2020)

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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: 143
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2020
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

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


North Korea’s Knowledge Economy and Foreign Direct Investment (Alexander Kriebitz) 7

Economic Development Under Kim Jong-un: The Added Value of Traffic Data and Established Indicators in the Study of North Korea’s Economy (Maximilian Ernst and Eliana Kim) 26

The Green Paradox: A Key Catalyst for Inter-Governmental Organizations’ Environmental Assistance to North Korea (JeongWon Bourdais Park and Jacklin Suji Lee) 49

Psychological Distancing Toward North Korean Refugees Under Republic of Korea–Style Unification: Recommendations and Ways Forward (Carter Matherly) 75


Are They Paying Attention? A Survey Analysis of South Korean Attention to North Korea (Madelynn Einhorn and Timothy S. Rich) 93

The 1956 August Plenum Incident: An Historiographical Analysis (David Hall) 101

Exporting North Korean Food Culture and Cuisines (Tai Wei Lim) 111

Special Features

The Assessment of President Donald Trump’s North Korean Policy (Suk Hi Kim) 121

Book Reviews 129

Call for Papers and Style Guide 140

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.