Editors: Kyung-Ae Park, Korea Foundation Chair, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, and Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Following the death of Kim Jong-il, North Korea has entered a period of profound transformation laden with uncertainty. This authoritative book brings together the world's leading North Korea experts to analyze both the challenges and prospects the country is facing. Drawing on the contributors' expertise across a range of disciplines, the book examines North Korea's political, economic, social, and foreign policy concerns. Considering the implications for Pyongyang's transition, it focuses especially on the transformation of ideology, the Worker's Party of Korea, the military, effects of the Arab Spring, the emerging merchant class, cultural infiltration from the south, Western aid, and global economic integration. The contributors also assess the impact of North Korea's new policies on China, South Korea, the United States, and the rest of the world. Comprehensive and deeply knowledgeable, their analysis is especially crucial given the power consolidation efforts of the new leadership under way in Pyongyang and the implications for both domestic and international politics.
Part I: North Korea's Political System in the Transition Era
Chapter 1: The Role and Influence of Ideology
by Charles Armstrong
Chapter 2: The Role and Influence of the Party Apparatus
by Ken Gause
Chapter 3: The Role and Influence of the North Korean Military
by Terence Roehrig
Chapter 4: The Kims' Three Bodies: Toward Understanding Dynastic Succession in North Korea
by Bruce Cumings
Chapter 5: North Korea after Kim Jong Il
by 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?
by Nicholas Eberstadt
Chapter 7: Future Strategies for Global Economic Integration
by Bradley Babson
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
by Andrei Lankov
Chapter 9: "Cultural Pollution" From the South?
by Woo Young Lee and Jungmin Seo
Part IV: Foreign Relations in the Transition Era
Chapter 10: Changes and Continuities in Pyongyang's China Policy
by Liu Ming
Chapter 11: Changes and Continuities in Inter-Korean Relations
by Haksoon Paik
Chapter 12: North Korea's Relations with the United States and the Rest of the World
by David Kang
Part V: Conclusion
Chapter 13: North Korea in Transition: Evolution or Revolution?
by Scott Snyder and Kyung-Ae Park
"Timely . . . lays out the bigger picture and questions with a sweep that is rarely seen in the English-language analysis of the country."
--Wall Street Journal
"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
Charles K. Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History and Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University
Ken E. Gause, Senior Research Analyst with CNA Strategic Studies' International Affairs Group and Iranian Studies Program and Director of CNA Foreign Leadership Studies Program
Terence Roehrig, Professor of National Security Affairs and Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College
Bruce Cumings, Department Chairperson and Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College at the University of Chicago
Victor Cha, Director of Asian Studies and D.S. Song Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; Senior Adviser and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic International Studies
Nicholas D. Anderson, Graduate Student in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University
Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute and Senior Adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research
Bradley O. Babson, former World Bank Official and UN Consultant on Myanmar
Andrei Lankov, Professor at Kookmin University in Seoul
Woo Young Lee, Professor at University of North Korean Studies in Seoul
Jungmin Seo, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa College of Social Sciences
Liu Ming, Deputy Director of Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Haksoon Paik, Director of Inter-Korean Relations Studies Program and the Director of the Center for North Korean Studies at the Sejong Institute in Korea
David C. Kang, Professor of International Relations and Business and Director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California
Scott A. Snyder, CFR Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy
Kyung-Ae Park, Professor and Korea Foundation Chair at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia