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How is North Korea responding to climate change?

Online news site The Conversation published an interesting piece on May 16, 2014, titled “Behind North Korea’s surprising compliance on climate change.” The article argues that North Korea, with its vulnerable agricultural system threatened by the impact of climate change, … Continue reading

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Developing without manpower: Economic growth in the DPRK and Arthur Lewis

The chief characteristic of under-development in the modern era has been the prevalence of subsistence farming and high concentration of manpower captured in the primary sector. As an economy grows and develops more robust industries, there tends to be a … Continue reading

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The poverty of central planning and food insecurity

Last December, the DPRK Food Policy Blog noted that adverse shifts in Sino-DPRK relations resulting from the purge of Jang Sung-taek could potentially spiral into another food crisis. Drawing on comparisons to the winter of 1954-55 when sudden restrictions on … Continue reading

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