Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lurching towards Reform

In the aftermath of Ri Yong-ho’s removal from office, there have been sporadic speculations regarding the internal state of the Kim Jong-eun regime. But even if there is power jockeying within the upper echelons of the party and military, what … Continue reading

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Summary of literature on Food Security: Woo-Cumings’ “The Political Ecology of Famine: The North Korean Catastrophe and Its Lessons”

Meredith Woo-Cumings. “The Political Ecology of Famine: The North Korean Catastrophe and Its Lessons.” ADB Institute Research Paper Series No. 31, January 2002. The focal point of Meredith Woo-Cumings’ argument rests on challenging Amartya Sen’s position that famine has more … Continue reading

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Inflation and Reform

Andrei Lankov recently wrote an article on Asia Times Online suggesting that while the situation in North Korea is bad, it is not as destitute and desperate as many have made it out to be: For a long-time observer of … Continue reading

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Food, Fuel and Exchange Rates

Two recent articles are of great relevance to food security in the DPRK: “The Problems and Opportunities of Agricultural Practices in the DPRK” by Konrad  Mathesius notes the inadequacies of simply expanding agricultural production to evade a food crisis. Mathesius … Continue reading

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