Economic Policy

The Limits to Marketization: State and Private in Kimist North Korea

By | June 14, 2013

Andrei Lankov takes issue with the idea that North Korea has a command economy, and explains the myriad ways private capital reproduces itself in the dog-eat-dog world of modern business north of the 38th parallel.

Prospects for Food Self-Sufficiency in the DPRK: Interview with Tom Morrison

By | June 01, 2013

Tom Morrison, an agronomist with extensive experience in the DPRK, speaks with Sino-NK’s Economics and Trade Analyst Matthew Bates about North Korea’s agricultural capacity and prospects for self-sufficiency in part one of a three-part interview.

His “Other” Legacy: Kenneth Waltz’s Defense of Nuclear Proliferation

By | May 21, 2013

How will Kenneth Waltz be remembered? As far as North Korea is concerned, Waltz’s legacy is all it needs to justify its possession of nuclear weapons, argues Steven Denney.

Red Box, Blue Box, Green Box: Arguing against Institutional Pluralism

By | February 08, 2013

Christopher Green examines the durability, and the deficiencies, of the “post-totalitarian” thesis for the DPRK, and furthers the quest for a developmental understanding of North Korea.

From Doha to Pyongyang: DPRK Progress and Development within the UNFCCC Framework

By | January 13, 2013

Robert Winstanley-Chesters wonders how much money the DPRK can make from carbon credits, and concludes that the answer is “not much.” At least, not yet.

Hubs for Radical Change? North Korea’s SEZs under Kim Jong-un

By | January 11, 2013

How can we measure if the North Korean economy is undergoing reform? Watch the country’s six Special Economic Zones, via Sabine van Ameijden’s overview of SEZ change and stagnation.

Ri Sol-ju, Conspicuous Wealth, and the “Military Wife” Type in the DPRK

By | December 12, 2012

SinoNK’s analyst for gender issues, Darcie Draudt, takes a look at Ri Sol-ju as part of a class of women who are doing increasingly well, thanks to their connections. Is such upward mobility to be emulated or despised?

Barriers to Entry: Cellular Telephony in the Digital DPRK

By | November 25, 2012

Daily NK international editor Christopher Green analyzes the multiple logistical barriers for a North Korean who wants a cell phone.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen: Moon Chung-in’s Vision of Sunshine

By and | November 10, 2012

As a companion to Eunsil Esther Park’s special review of Moon Chung-in’s latest book, SinoNK editors Christopher Green and Steven Denney give their own critical take on Moon’s spirited defense of the sunshine policy.