Since Kim Jong-un’s assumption of power in December 2011, North Korea has undergone expanded nuclear development, political isolation, and economic stagnation. Kim’s early prioritization of the byungjin policy, simultaneous economic and military or nuclear development, highlighted his goal of transforming North Korea’s domestic economic circumstances and strengthening its position in the world as a nuclear state. The central dilemma shaping Kim Jong-un’s foreign policy throughout his first decade in power revolves around ensuring North Korea’s prosperity and security while sustaining the political isolation and control necessary for regime survival. In order to evaluate North Korea’s foreign policy under Kim, this volume will examine the impact of domestic factors that have influenced the formation and implementation of Kim’s foreign policy, Kim’s distinctive use of summitry and effectiveness of such meetings as an instrument by which to attain foreign policy goals, and the impact of international responses to North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear capabilities on North Korea’s foreign policy.
Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on US-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
Kyung-Ae Park is professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA) and holds the Korea Foundation Chair at the Institute of Asian Research, the University of British Columbia (UBC).
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Introduction: North Korea’s Foreign Policy
Scott A. Snyder
PART I: UNDERSTANDING NORTH KOREA’S FOREIGN POLICY UNDER KIM JONG-UN
Chapter 1: Making Sense of the Byungjin Policy: Goals, Hopes, and Limitations
Chapter 2: North Korea’s Economic Development Strategy under Kim Jong-un*
Chapter 3: North Korea’s Nuclear Strategy and Global Security
PART II: NORTH KOREA’S SUMMIT DIPLOMACY UNDER KIM JONG-UN
Chapter 4: Inter-Korean Path to Peace: Jump-Started but Stalled
Chapter 5: The Restoration of Special Sino–North Korean Relations and Xi Jinping–Kim Jong-un Summitry
Chapter 6: Historic Showmanship between Trump and Kim Jong-un: The Possible Normalization of US–North Korean Summitry
Chapter 7: Moscow-Pyongyang Summitry: From Stalin and Kim Il-sung to Putin and Kim Jong-un
PART III: NORTH KOREAN DIPLOMACY TOWARD THE WORLD
Chapter 8: United Nations Sanctions and North Korean Diplomatic Engagement with the International Community
Justin V. Hastings
Chapter 9: North Korea’s Evolving Cyber Strategies and Operations: Toward Weapons of Mass Effectiveness
Chapter 10: North Korean Human Rights Diplomacy at the United Nations
Chapter 11: North Korea’s Track-II Knowledge Diplomacy
About the Contributors
Snyder and Park did a superb job assembling an impressive set of papers on North Korea’s foreign policy over the last decade under the Kim Jong-un regime. This book focuses on North Korea’s conflictual relationships with the US and South Korea. This excellent book is an important addition to Jacques Fuqua’s Nuclear Endgame: The Need for Engagement with North Korea (CH, Apr'08, 45-4642). Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals.
“North Korea’s Foreign Policy,” edited by Scott A. Snyder and Kyung-Ae Park, is an excellent multi-authored book assessing North Korea’s foreign policy under Kim Jong-un in a comprehensive way. In his first decade of power, Kim Jong-un has strengthened North Korea through military development at a severe cost to his ability to bring economic prosperity to the people. The North Korean leader has taken audacious risks to strengthen and preserve his own rule, creating significant international backlash which has ultimately hindered his plans. These elements are accurately assessed in this book, helping to confirm that, to achieve his goals, the North Korean leader would need the support of the international community. A condition that, at the moment, Kim Jong-un is unable to secure….This book is an excellent tool for general readers interested in gaining a better understanding of Kim Jong-un’s leadership, as well as for experienced analysts already familiar with Northeast Asian geopolitics.
For those wondering what the legacy and lessons of the Trump-Kim meetings and "love letters" are, or why successive American and South Korean policies toward North Korea never seem to work, this book's impressive set of authors serves up fresh thinking and detail about what drives Pyongyang, and Kim Jong Un. It is an essential resource for understanding the first ten years of Kim Jong Un, for thinking about where North Korea might be headed, and how we can shape more effective policy approaches.
An important read co-authored by one of our nation’s top scholars of modern North Korea, whose insights and advice were invaluable during the most recent chapter of negotiations with North Korea.
9/8/22, Choice: This book was included in a roundup of forthcoming Asian & Asian American Studies titles.
10/13/22, Choice Reviews: This book was featured in a roundup of forthcoming political science & economics titles.