Rice and Iron is a blog dedicated to better understanding the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s search for economic security. While the wider North Korea studies community remains largely focused on political and military issues, this blog aims to fill a crucial gap in the analysis, informing readers on developments that affect the very foundations of society. By following key indicators and drawing parallels to historical case studies, we try to shed light on current market conditions for food acquisition, energy production capacity, and other issues that will determine the country’s prospects for long-term growth and regional integration. We strive to be the starting point for any questions on North Korea’s future prospects and a leading voice in developing strategies for investment and reconstruction.
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About the editors:
Scott LaFoy is currently a consultant with CSIS and lives in Arlington, VA. He focuses in satellite imagery, security, and energy security in the DPRK. He graduated from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, minoring in both Japanese and Asian Studies. Follow Scott on Twitter @wslafoy
Yong Kwon is a blogger for The Diplomat, covering the politics, economics, and geopolitics of the Korean Peninsula. His articles have also appeared on the Motley Fool, Sino-NK, NK News, Asia Times Online, and Alternatives Internationales. He holds a Master’s Degree in economic history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Follow Yong on Twitter @ykwon88
About the contributors:
Gerard Clare is a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow, exploring and analyzing the contemporary development of the Russian Far East. His professional interests also extend to DPRK-Russia relations and the history of Russia’s territory in the Far East. You can follow him on Twitter @stakhanovite