North Korean Review, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2010)

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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)

Suk Hi Kim, a professor of international finance, is the coordinator of finance and international business at the University of Detroit Mercy. He is the editor of North Korean Review and the founding editor of Multinational Business Review. He lives in Plymouth, Michigan. Send editorial correspondence to Suk Kim, College of Business Administration, University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit MI 48221, tel (313) 993-1264, fax (313) 993-1673, (Other correspondence to McFarland.)

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Suk Kim
Format: softcover (7 x 10), back issue
Pages: 136
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2010
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents


The Third Wave of North Korean Collapse      3


A Game-Theoretic Approach to Derivation of President Barack Obama’s North Korea Policy (Inchul Kim)      12

On Bringing Japan’s Pachinko Gaming Industry into the Debate on North Korea (Eli Magaña)      24

North Korea: Fading Totalitarianism in the “Hermit Kingdom” (Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein)      40

Evolution of North Korean Drug Trafficking: State Control to Private Participation (Minwoo Yun and Eunyoung Kim)      55

Why Has Son-Preference Disappeared in North Korea? (Daniel Schwekendiek)      65

North Korea’s Insecurity Dilemma (Brendan Howe)      74

Seven Business Models for Success of North Korea’s Economic Reform (Sung-Hoon Lim)      86

North Korea’s Nuclear Policy towards the U.S.: The Bureaucratic Politics Model (Mun Suk Ahn)      100


North Korean Newsbriefs (Alzo David-West)      117

Book Reviews (Bernhard Seliger)      127

Call for Papers and Style Guide      133

North Korean Review is supported in part by a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2008-P-01).

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.