North Korea continues to be a country of great concern internationally, where future developments are uncertain, especially as a result of the succession to the leadership of Kim Jong-un following the death of Kim Jong-il. It is also a country which is relatively unknown and relatively little studied. This book provides a comprehensive, detailed survey of economic and political developments in the last few years. As such it provides many insights into the current trends which are likely to shape the country’s future direction.
"In any case, the author should be lauded for having meticulously collected commentaries on major and minor developments in and around North Korea that will soon disappear from our short-term memories as well as from the front pages of web search engines. The value of this book will thus grow over the years." - Rudiger Frank, The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies
Introduction Part 1: Political developments 1. A chronology of political developments from 10 June 2009 to 14 December 2011 2. A chronology of political developments following the death of Kim Jong-il on 17 December 2011 Part 2: Economic developments 3. Background 4. The currency reform of late 2009 5. Markets 6. Aid 7. Foreign trade 8. Direct foreign investment 9. Economic performance (including health)