North Korean Review, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 2012)

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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: 168
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2012
ISSN 1551-2789
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

EDITORS’ COMMENTS (Mikyoung Kim and Suk Hi Kim)      3


Failure to Relaunch?: The United States, Nuclear North Korea, and the Future of the Six-Party Talks (Virginie Grzelczyk)      8

North Korea’s Perception and Policy on a Northeast Asian Order (Kap-sik Kim)      22

North Korean Contingency and Resolving Conflicts among Regional States (Jung-hyun Cho, Dong-ho Han and Ji-Yong Lee)      37

Paradox of Neoliberalism: Arab Spring’s Implications on North Korea (Sang-soo Lee)      53

Patience or Lethargy?: U.S. Policy toward North Korea under the Obama Administration (Taehyung Ahn)      67

Unprecedented Nuclear Strikes of the Invincible Army: A Realistic Assessment of North Korea’s Operational Nuclear Capability (Peter Hayes and Scott Bruce)      84

Predictors of Kim Jong-il’s On-the-Spot Guidance under Military-First Politics (Insoo Kim and Min Yong Lee)      93

North Korea and the Opinion of Fascism: A Case of Mistaken Identity (Alzo David-West)      105

Social Origins of Nuclear Policy: A Niebuhrian Dilemma of the U.S. Policies toward North Korea (Ray Dongryul Kim)      117


Excerpt from The Survival of North Korea: Essays on Strategy, Economics, and International Relations (Siegfried S. Hecker)      136

Newsbriefs (Alzo David-West)      142

Book Reviews (Bernhard Seliger)      157

Call for Papers and Style Guide      166

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.