North Korean Review, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2022)

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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. Order on our website, 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)
Pages: 143
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2022
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Managing Editor’s Comments (Lonnie Edge) 3

Issue Articles
Evolutionary Patterns in the Institution of Political Officers in the
North Korean Army: Coup-Proofing vs. Military Effectiveness
(Fyodor Tertitskiy) 7
Globalizing the DPRK? Domestic Developments and Cultural
Globalization in North Korean Cuisine
(Katariina Flinck) 28
The Trump-Kim “Ripeness” Paradox and the Problematic “Precipitants”
(Jalel Ben Haj Rehaiem) 48
Digital Joseon: Digital Transformation Under North Korea’s Five-Year Plan
(Jonathan Lim) 72

Essays, Notes and Commentaries
North Korea’s Latest Missile Provocations Are Not Strategically Worrying
(Liang Tuang Nah) 106
Unfinished Business: The Implementation of U.S. Nonproliferation
Engagement Toward North Korea
(César Rodrigues) 115
It’s Been “Groundhog Day” on the Korean Peninsula for Over 70 Years
(Michael S. Baker and Jacob B. Baker) 125

Book Reviews 131
Call for Papers and Style Guide 141

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.