For over a decade, policymakers in Washington and other capitals have predicted the imminent collapse of North Korea’s political, economic, and social systems. In the last 15 years, however, the regime has survived the loss of its patron states, the death of founding leader Kim Il Sung, massive agricultural failure, and a nuclear weapons dispute with the U.S.
In a public seminar hosted by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) and Brookings’ Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS), leading experts discussed developments and trends in North Korea’s grand strategy, economic, politics, and foreign relations.
This seminar is based on the book North Korea: 2005 and Beyond, edited by Philip Yun and Gi-Wook Shin, published in January 2006 by Shorenstein APARC, and distributed by the Brookings Press. Several speakers in this event contributed to the volume.