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978-1-4422-1811-6 • Hardback • October 2012 • $126.00 • (£97.00)
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Kyung-Ae Park holds the Korea Foundation Chair at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia. Scott Snyder is Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Part I: North Korea’s Political System in the Transition Era
Chapter 1: The Role and Influence of Ideology
Chapter 2: The Role and Influence of the Party Apparatus
Chapter 3: The Role and Influence of the North Korean Military
Chapter 4: The Kims’ Three Bodies: Toward Understanding Dynastic Succession in North Korea
Chapter 5: North Korea after Kim Jong Il
Victor Cha and Nicholas Anderson
Part II: Prospects for the North Korean Economy
Chapter 6: Western Aid: The Missing Link for North Korea’s Economic Revival?
Chapter 7: Future Strategies for Global Economic Integration
Part III: North Korean Society and Culture in Transition
Chapter 8: Low-Profile Capitalism: The Emergence of the New Merchant/Entrepreneurial Class in Post-Famine North Korea
Chapter 9: “Cultural Pollution” From the South?
Woo Young Lee and Jungmin Seo
Part IV: Foreign Relations in the Transition Era
Chapter 10: Changes and Continuities in Pyongyang’s China Policy
Chapter 11: Changes and Continuities in Inter-Korean Relations
Chapter 12: North Korea’s Relations with the United States and the Rest of the World
Part V: Conclusion
Chapter 13: North Korea in Transition: Evolution or Revolution?
Scott Snyder and Kyung-Ae Park
Readers . . . will find rich food for thought on the dynamics between political stability and socioeconomic changes in the country.
— Global Asia
This useful book is a state-of-the-art treatment of North Korea for non-academics and is likely to be read widely in think-tank and policy circles. Its authors include some of the finest analysts of North Korea in English. Laymen will find the book appealing, because the essays, while well-informed, do not overwhelm with jargon. . . . The book also ranges widely, covering issues like ideology, economic (mal)adaptation, the monarchy, and foreign relations. All these traits make it a solid introduction to the North Korea tangle. ...The essays are rich, and scholars will also find new ideas and themes that merit sustained social scientific analysis.
— Pacific Affairs
[T]hese authors encourage readers to see and be prepared to deal with the regime in Pyongyang as it is and as it is becoming instead of dismissing it as a crazy, ruthless, helpless and isolated government. The uncomfortable reality, as either explicitly or implicitly acknowledged by these authors, is that the North Korean regime is unlikely to voluntarily make any dramatic changes in the foreseeable future or 'wither away' without having any grave internal and external repercussions. Their converging and underlying message, therefore, is that one needs to take North Korea seriously so as to better understand both the challenges and opportunities facing the country. . . . Released in the critical new era, defined by Pyongyang’s third generation of hereditary power succession laden with greater uncertainty amidst the inevitable shifts in North Korea’s politics, economy, foreign relations, and even society and culture, [this volume] presents cogent and authoritative analyses, through which any sensible reader could develop a valuable guideline to understanding North Korea’s past and present more comprehensively as well as to better preparing for the unknown future.
— Journal of Contemporary Asia
This book meets a pressing need for wide-ranging, timely coverage of North Korea. It offers diverse, sometimes clashing views, especially over the future of the regime. Many chapters cover areas neglected elsewhere, deepening the debate. Others offer strong opinions, trying to steer the debate. Sensibly, the concluding chapter by the two editors draws the arguments together, leaving the reader with a clear sense of the options that lie ahead.
— Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University
An important work on the future of North Korea by an outstanding array of practitioners and academic experts. As the Pyongyang regime attempts to consolidate rule under the newest ‘Dear Leader,’ it will continue to defy simplistic analysis. This book is a great advance to understanding the enigma that is North Korea.
— Stephen Bosworth, Tufts University
Explores the new leadership succession and its implications for North Korea
Provides cutting-edge analysis of North Korea’s transition from a variety of perspectives—economic, political, social, and historical
The first book-length study on post–Kim Jong Il North Korea
Insightful and timely, an outstanding collection on issues of critical importance for the new Kim Jong Un era
Offers much needed guidance for understanding North Korea in transition