A New International Engagement Framework for North Korea?
Contending Perspectives

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This volume addresses:

  • the status and outlook for the North Korean political economy;
  • the likelihood of an official DPRK shift toward economic pragmatism, and the practical pitfalls any such move would encounter;
  • the record and lessons of economic liberalization in socialist and post-socialist economies and development assistance initiatives in such locales;
  • the identification and analysis of key sectors of the North Korean economy, whose revitalization might be abetted through outside efforts;
  • the prospects for an international mobilization of private and public capital in the service of North Korean economic reconstruction;
  • and the role that particular external stakeholders might be expected to play in such a venture.

Each of the chapters in this book addresses one aspect or another of the North Korea economic reform problematik; taken together, they present an indepth perspective on the issues that would have to be faced if the international community were to resolve to support the economic reform process in North Korea through comprehensive--but also selective--commitments and investments. [more...]

Co-editor Nicholas Eberstadt is the Henry Wendt Scholar in Political Economy at AEI.

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