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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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The Specter of Inflation: Soviet case study and a modern solution

Permit me to start this post with a disclaimer. One faces several problems when using historical analogies to analyze current phenomenons. Not least of all, there is the difficulty of extricating oneself from variables and trends derived from historical models … 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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Still not enough – November 2013 WFP/FAO Food Security Assessment summary

On November 29, 2013, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) published its annual assessment of food security in the DPRK. Visiting North Korea between September 27 and October 11, the Crop and Food … Continue reading

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Food situation overview, December 2013

News outlets are buzzing with reports that Jang Sung-taek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle and a prominent figure during the power transition in 2011-12, has been removed from power. Although not fully verified, some sources are suggesting that Jang was removed due … Continue reading

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