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Eating boots, dreaming of pork: food security and the budget deficit in 2014

The lean months are coming to the DPRK. From May through August, North Korean farms will be sowing and growing key crops like rice, maize, and soybean while consuming what remains of the harvest from last fall. Although winter and … Continue reading

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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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Rationality behind the veil: the communist world looks at inflation in South Korea – evidence from the Wilson Center archives

Looking at North Korea’s foreign policy, it is often tempting to discard Pyongyang’s behavior as irrational. However, it is important to keep in mind that our inability to decipher the North Korean state’s decision-making process does not equate to there … 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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Assessing Cause and Effect: Food price stability and the Korean People’s Won

Despite turbulence in the upper echelons of political power in Pyongyang, rice prices in North Korea proved remarkably stable at the end of 2013. This may be due to favorable farming conditions and the resulting increase in grain output that … 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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Assessing the risk of another food crisis, 1954 and 2014

Things have definitely taken a slight turn away from the worst in North Korea. Despite the political drama that unfolded with the purge of Jang Sung-taek and his associates, the economy appears to be stable, with rice price volatility at … Continue reading

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