Famine in North Korea

Author: Stephan Haggard
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231140010
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In the mid-1990s, as many as one million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the twentieth century. Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland present the most comprehensive and penetrating account of the famine to date, examining not only the origins and aftermath of the crisis but also the regime's response to outside aid and the effect of its current policies on the country's economic future. North Korea's famine exemplified the depredations that can arise from tyrannical rule and the dilemmas such regimes pose for the humanitarian community. To reveal the state's culpability is a vital project of historical recovery, especially in light of our current engagement with the "North Korean question."

The Collapse of North Korea

Author: Tara O
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137598018
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book highlights the increasing risk of North Korea’s collapse and considers the necessary actions that would enable the neighboring powers to prepare for such an event. North Korea's deteriorating economic conditions, its reliance on external assistance, and the degree of information penetration all provide hints of its collapse. Whether the chance is high or low, the collapse of North Korea and subsequent Korean unification would drastically alter the geostrategic landscape and profoundly affect the national interests of the regional powers—South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and Russia. The most desirable scenario for a post-unification Korean Peninsula is a successfully developed and integrated non-nuclear Korea acting as a responsible regional and world stakeholder. This work considers the major challenges expected after a North Korean collapse, including the control of nuclear weapons, disorder in the immediate aftermath of collapse, and economic and social integration. The author then outlines how regional powers need to prepare to handle these challenges in order to minimize suffering and to set the foundation for long-term development and regional stability.

Diplomatie oder Daumenschrauben

Author: Roland Hiemann
Publisher: ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press
ISBN: 383826827X
Format: PDF, Docs
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Seit nunmehr drei Jahrzehnten schwelt die Atomkrise mit Nordkorea – und ein Ende scheint nicht in Sicht. Die USA haben in diesem weltpolitischen Konfl ikt stets eine Schlüsselrolle gespielt. Zwischen Diplomatie und Daumenschrauben hat Washington wenig erfolgreich versucht, den renitenten Machthabern ihr begehrtes Atomwaff enpotenzial abspenstig zu machen. In seiner Analyse der Außenpolitik der USA zeichnet Roland Hiemann den Atomkonfl ikt von seinen Anfängen bis zum Ende der Präsidentschaft George W. Bushs detailliert nach. Dabei geht er dem ideologischen Streit über den richtigen Umgang mit Pjöngjang auf den Grund und erörtert den Einfl uss individueller Entscheidungsträger auf die Nichtverbreitungsstrategien gegen ein nukleares Nordkorea.


Author: Christoph Moeskes
Publisher: Ch. Links Verlag
ISBN: 3862841030
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Nordkorea gilt als rätselhaftes Land. Es bedroht die Nachbarn mit der Atombombe, kann seine Bevölkerung nicht ausreichend ernähren und betreibt geheime Straflager. Gleichzeitig wird das Bild einer heilen Welt vermittelt, huldigen Staat und Einwohner dem Großen Führer Kim Il Sung und seinem Sohn, dem Geliebten Führer Kim Jong Il, wie Gottheiten. Schrill die Aufmärsche, bis zu 20 Meter hoch die Statuen, beängstigend präzise die Massengymnastik. Trotz der vorsichtigen Öffnung scheint die Demokratische Volksrepublik noch immer wie von einem anderen Stern. Nur wenige Ausländer erhalten Zutritt in den Norden der koreanischen Halbinsel. Die 2. Auflage dieses Bandes versammelt Berichte von 22 Autoren - Journalisten, Wissenschaftler, Mitarbeiter von Hilfswerken, Künstler und Touristen -, die ein überraschend facettenreiches Bild von der Lebenswirklichkeit in Nordkorea zeichnen.

The Real North Korea

Author: Andrei Lankov
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199975841
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding. In The Real North Korea, Lankov substitutes cold, clear analysis for the overheated rhetoric surrounding this opaque police state. After providing an accessible history of the nation, he turns his focus to what North Korea is, what its leadership thinks, and how its people cope with living in such an oppressive and poor place. He argues that North Korea is not irrational, and nothing shows this better than its continuing survival against all odds. A living political fossil, it clings to existence in the face of limited resources and a zombie economy, manipulating great powers despite its weakness. Its leaders are not ideological zealots or madmen, but perhaps the best practitioners of Machiavellian politics that can be found in the modern world. Even though they preside over a failed state, they have successfully used diplomacy-including nuclear threats-to extract support from other nations. But while the people in charge have been ruthless and successful in holding on to power, Lankov goes on to argue that this cannot continue forever, since the old system is slowly falling apart. In the long run, with or without reform, the regime is unsustainable. Lankov contends that reforms, if attempted, will trigger a dramatic implosion of the regime. They will not prolong its existence. Based on vast expertise, this book reveals how average North Koreans live, how their leaders rule, and how both survive.

Tyranny of the Weak

Author: Charles K. Armstrong
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801468930
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To much of the world, North Korea is an impenetrable mystery, its inner workings unknown and its actions toward the outside unpredictable and frequently provocative. Tyranny of the Weak reveals for the first time the motivations, processes, and effects of North Korea's foreign relations during the Cold War era. Drawing on extensive research in the archives of North Korea's present and former communist allies, including the Soviet Union, China, and East Germany, Charles K. Armstrong tells in vivid detail how North Korea managed its alliances with fellow communist states, maintained a precarious independence in the Sino-Soviet split, attempted to reach out to the capitalist West and present itself as a model for Third World development, and confronted and engaged with its archenemies, the United States and South Korea. From the invasion that set off the Korean War in June 1950 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tyranny of the Weak shows how—despite its objective weakness—North Korea has managed for much of its history to deal with the outside world to its maximum advantage. Insisting on a path of "self-reliance" since the 1950s, North Korea has continually resisted pressure to change from enemies and allies alike. A worldview formed in the crucible of the Korean War and Cold War still maintains a powerful hold on North Korea in the twenty-first century, and understanding those historical forces is as urgent today as it was sixty years ago.

Inside the Red Box

Author: Patrick McEachern
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231526806
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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North Korea's institutional politics defy traditional political models, making the country's actions seem surprising or confusing when, in fact, they often conform to the regime's own logic. Drawing on recent materials, such as North Korean speeches, commentaries, and articles, Patrick McEachern, a specialist on North Korean affairs, reveals how the state's political institutions debate policy and inform and execute strategic-level decisions. Many scholars dismiss Kim Jong-Il's regime as a "one-man dictatorship," calling him the "last totalitarian leader," but McEachern identifies three major institutions that help maintain regime continuity: the cabinet, the military, and the party. These groups hold different institutional policy platforms and debate high-level policy options both before and after Kim and his senior leadership make their final call. This method of rule may challenge expectations, but North Korea does not follow a classically totalitarian, personalistic, or corporatist model. Rather than being monolithic, McEachern argues, the regime, emerging from the crises of the 1990s, rules differently today than it did under Kim's father, Kim Il Sung. The son is less powerful and pits institutions against one another in a strategy of divide and rule. His leadership is fundamentally different: it is "post-totalitarian." Authority may be centralized, but power remains diffuse. McEachern maps this process in great detail, supplying vital perspective on North Korea's reactive policy choices, which continue to bewilder the West.

Mut zur Freiheit

Author: Yeonmi Park
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641178797
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Yeonmi Park träumte nicht von der Freiheit, als sie im Alter von erst 13 Jahren aus Nordkorea floh. Sie wusste nicht einmal, was Freiheit ist. Alles, was sie wusste war, dass sie um ihr Leben lief, dass sie und ihre Familie sterben würde, wenn sie bliebe - vor Hunger, an einer Krankheit oder gar durch Exekution. In ihrem Buch erzählt Yeonmi Park von ihrem Kampf ums Überleben in einem der dunkelsten und repressivsten Regime unserer Zeit; sie erzählt von ihrer grauenhaften Odyssee durch die chinesische Unterwelt, bevölkert von Schmugglern und Menschenhändlern, bis nach Südkorea; und sie erzählt von ihrem erstaunlichen Weg zur führenden Menschenrechts-Aktivistin mit noch nicht einmal 21 Jahren.

Im Land des Fl sterns

Author: Barbara Demick
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426452375
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Leben und lieben in Zeiten der Diktatur: Die Autorin und Journalistin Barbara Demick erzählt bewegende Geschichten von Menschen in Nordkorea, ihrem Alltag, ihren Beziehungen, ihren Ängsten und vor allem den Herausforderungen durch die gnadenlosen Lebensverhältnisse im Schattenreich des "geliebten Führers" Kim Jong Il. Barbara Demick schildert in ihrem bewegenden Buch die Geschichte von Song Hee-suk, einer regimetreuen Vorzeigebürgerin, die zusehen muss, wie ihre Schwiegermutter, ihr Ehemann und ihr Sohn vor Hunger sterben. Sie berichtet von der Ärztin Kim Ji-eun, die verzweifelt, weil sie ihren Patienten nicht helfen kann, da selbst die Voraussetzungen für die einfachste medizinische Versorgung fehlen; sie erzählt von Mi-ran und ihrem Verehrer Jun-sang, einem Liebespaar, das sich nur in der Dunkelheit treffen kann, weil die Beziehung gegen die Parteidoktrin verstößt. Doch wenn sich das verheißene sozialistische Paradies des Führers Kim Jong Il als Hölle auf Erden erweist, bleibt allein die Flucht. Seit den massiven Kriegsdrohungen Nordkoreas gegenüber Südkorea und den USA im Frühjahr 2013 steht das streng abgeschottete Land im Fokus des internationalen Interesses. Die Situation hat sich 2017 durch den öffentlichen verbalen Schlagabtausch zwischen US-Präsident Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un, dem Sohn des verstorbenen Führers Kim Jong Il, noch verschärft. Die langjährige Ostasien-Korrespondentin der "Los Angeles Times" Barbara Demick ist eine exzellente Kennerin der Verhältnisse in der diktatorisch regierten Volksrepublik. In ihrem mit dem Human Rights Book Award ausgezeichneten Buch liefert sie tiefe und verstörende Einblicke in das Alltagsleben Nordkoreas und zeigt uns eine ferne, sehr fremde und nahezu unbekannte Welt. "Ein scharfsinniges, über die Maßen erhellendes Buch über das Alltagsleben in Nordkorea" Jung Chang, Autorin des Weltbestsellers "Wilde Schwäne" "Auf dem deutschsprachigen Buchmarkt kommt wohl nichts näher an den nordkoreanischen Alltag heran als dieses ausgezeichnet geschriebene Buch." Süddeutsche Zeitung "Ungewöhnlich, klug, engagiert" der Freitag

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot

Author: Blaine Harden
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447253353
Format: PDF
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A non-fiction thriller by international bestselling author Blaine Harden (Escape from Camp 14) that explores the world's most repressive state through the intertwined lives of two North Koreans, one infamous, one obscure: Kim Il Sung, the former North Korean leader and No Kum Sok, once the state's youngest jet fighter pilot. Shortly before the Korean War ended, No Kum Sok met Kim Il Sung, who congratulated him for his flying skill and his courage. A few months later, No Kum Sok stole a Soviet-made MiG-15 and flew it to a US airfield in South Korea. Beginning with the arbitrary division of Korea in 1945 and ending two months after the shaky armistice that halted combat in the Korean War, The Great Leader & the Fighter Pilot is an ambitious and gripping book which digs deeply into the character of the Kim family dictatorship. At once an irresistible adventure story and an authoritative guide to the notorious state, it explains why North Korea remains so isolated, why it created and maintains a vast gulag of concentration camps, and why it is still so angry at the western world.