Tag Archives: 6.28 Policy

After Jang Sung-taek: Can North Korea brave the economic tempest?

We may not find out why Jang Sung-taek was so dramatically purged from the upper echelons of power last December until both the regime and the DPRK are safely contained within the pages of history books (or tablets, who knows … Continue reading

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Is there or Is there not reform in the DPRK? And some recommendations

Andrei Lankov is upbeat. He believes reforms are really underway in North Korea with agricultural yields to prove it. But don’t pop the champagne yet because Dr. Lankov is also wary of how the reforms will not go far enough … Continue reading

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The Jacobin Experiment: summary of Food Control and Price-Fixing in Revolutionary France by Henry Bourne and reflections on food insecurity in North Korea

Literature in discussion: Henry E. Bourne. “Food Control and Price-Fixing in Revolutionary France.” The Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 27, No. 2 (February 1919). Part 1 and Part 2 Food policy of France during the height of revolutionary terror offers … Continue reading

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Andrei Lankov on Land Reform – Is Pyongyang afraid of the farmers?

Famed historian and giant in the North Korea-watchers’ community Andrei Lankov recently published a commentary on Radio Free Asia titled “North Korea Makes Mistake by Not Emulating China-Style Land Reform.” He utilized China’s gradual privatization of land after the Great … Continue reading

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Good days ahead… or is it just an aberration?

According to Kwon Tae-jin at the Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), North Korea’s crop production is expected to rise more than 5% this year, surpassing 5 million tons. He attributed this surge in food yield to the following factions: Fairly … Continue reading

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Food and economics update roundup

The price of rice fell once again this month – from KPW 6950 to 5600 in Pyongyang, KPW 7000 to 5700 in Sinuiju, KPW 6850 to 6300 in Hyesan. This drastic decline in prices mirrors what happened in January-February of … Continue reading

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Brief thoughts on North Korea’s stalled reforms and future prospects

A year ago, the internet was buzzing with analyses on how Kim Jong-un was going to be a different leader than his father – since then there have been several provocative rocket launches, a nuclear test, and (in our modest … Continue reading

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