Between Nuclear Armament and Economic Pragmatism: Is North Korea Facing Change?

Asia Policy Brief 2013/04, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation, pp. 1-8

8 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2016

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

The balance a year and a half after the meanwhile second hereditary power transfer to Kim Jong-Un (Kim Chŏng-ŭn), grandson of the founder of the state, is undecided. The breakdown of the system, predicted by many analysts, has not happened yet. Neither have the reforms that were expected from the young man who has supposedly been educated in Switzerland. The country is not in stagnation however – quite the opposite. What has happened in North Korea in the last two years? What development trends are there and how can other countries approach them? These questions are discussed in the light of the tense security-political and humanitarian environment and the corresponding risks in this Asia Policy Brief

Keywords: North Korea, Kim Jong-Un,

Suggested Citation

Frank, Ruediger, Between Nuclear Armament and Economic Pragmatism: Is North Korea Facing Change? (April 2013). Asia Policy Brief 2013/04, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Foundation, pp. 1-8, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2881289

Ruediger Frank (Contact Author)

University of Vienna ( email )

Spitalgasse 2, 2.3
Vienna, Vienna 1090
Austria

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