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"Official" North Korea Web Site
This web site (Korean Friendship Association), "Official webpage of the DPR of Korea," has more text-heavy information than Naenara and a good, straight-forward organization of topics and sub-topics. It includes some news, DPRK history, politics and political terminology, society and customs; an E-brary with the Kims' books and articles; a Shop site and more. However, with its white-on-black text, it can be hard to read.
Government & Global Politics
Crisis on the Korean Peninsula by
Suggests a comprehensive concept that would denuclearise North Korea. The plan calls for halting plutonium related activity while negotiations between the Bush administration ensue.
Call Number: DS935.5.O43 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Is North Korea a Global Threat? by
North Korea has an active nuclear weapons program / Robert S. Norris, Hans M. Kristensen, Joshua Handler -- North Korea is not a nuclear threat / David C. Kang -- North Korea is a terrorist threat / John Larkin, Donald Macintyre, Nick Papadopoulos -- North Korea's military policies are irrational / Ralph de Toledano -- North Korea seeks to force reunification with South Korea / Homer T. Hodge -- North Korea must transform its policies to survive / John Bolton -- North Korea must protect itself from vicious U.S. policies / Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- North Korea must be disarmed / Hwang Jang Yop -- Only regime change will stop nuclear proliferation in North Korea / Henry S. Rowen -- Regime change will not stop nuclear proliferation in North Korea / Friends Committee on National Legislation -- A U.S. attack will not destroy North Korea's nuclear capabilities / Michael Levi -- Multilateral negotiations are needed to stop North Korea's nuclear program / James T. Laney, Jason T. Shaplen -- The United States must use diplomacy to end North Korea's nuclear program / Nina Hachigian -- The United States must test whether North Korea is willing to negotiate / Joseph Cirincione, Jon Wolfsthal.
Call Number: HV6433.K7I8 2005
Publication Date: 2004
Isolate or Engage by
The U.S. government has essentially two choices when dealing with adversarial states: isolate them or engage them. Isolate or Engage systematically examines the challenges to and opportunities for U.S. diplomatic relations with nine intensely adversarial states--China, Cuba, Iran, Libya, North Korea, U.S.S.R./Russia, Syria, Venezuela, and Vietnam: states where the situation is short of conventional war and where the U.S. maintains limited or no formal diplomatic relations with the government.In such circumstances, "public diplomacy"--the means by which the U.S. engages with citizens in other countries so they will push their own governments to adopt less hostile and more favorable views of U.S. foreign policies--becomes extremely important for shaping the context within which the adversarial government makes important decisions affecting U.S. national security interests. At a time when the norm of not talking to the enemy is a matter of public debate, the book examines the role of both traditional and public diplomacy with adversarial states and reviews the costs and benefits of U.S. diplomatic engagement with the publics of these countries. It concludes that while public diplomacy is not a panacea for easing conflict in interstate relations, it is one of many productive channels that a government can use in order to stay informed about the status of its relations with an adversarial state, and to seek to improve those relations.
Call Number: E744.I693 2015
Publication Date: 2015
North and South Korea by
Explores both sides of issues related to Korea and its relationship with the United States, including the military threat from North Korea, human rights violations, and the likelihood of reunification.
Call Number: E183.8.K7N67 2007
Publication Date: 2007
North Korea Through the Looking Glass by
Fifty-five years after its founding at the dawn of the cold war, North Korea remains a land of illusions. Isolated and anachronistic, the country and its culture seem to be dominated exclusively by the official ideology of Juche, which emphasizes national self-reliance, independence, and worship of the supreme leader, General Kim Jong Il. Yet this socialist utopian ideal is pursued with the calculations of international power politics. Kim has transformed North Korea into a militarized state, whose nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and continued threat to South Korea have raised alarm worldwide. This paradoxical combination of cultural isolation and military-first policy has left the North Korean people woefully deprived of the opportunity to advance socially and politically. The socialist economy, guided by political principles and bereft of international support, has collapsed. Thousands, perhaps millions, have died of starvation. Foreign trade has declined and the country's gross domestic product has recorded negative growth every year for a decade. Yet rather than initiate the sort of market reforms that were implemented by other communist governments, North Korean leaders have reverted to the economic policies of the 1950s: mass mobilization, concentration on heavy industry, and increased ideological indoctrination. Although members of the political elite in Pyongyang are acutely aware of their nation's domestic and foreign problems, they are plagued by fear and policy paralysis. North Korea Through the Looking Glass sheds new light on this remote and peculiar country. Drawing on more than ten years of research—including interviews with two dozen North Koreans who made the painful decision to defect from their homeland—Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig explore what the leadership and the masses believe about their current predicament. Through dual themes of persistence and illusion, they explore North Korea's stubborn adherence to policies that have failed to serve the welfare of the people and, consequently, threaten the future of the regime. Featuring twenty-nine rare and candid photos taken from within the closely guarded country, North Korea Through the Looking Glass illuminates the human society of a country too often mischaracterized for its drab uniformity—not a "state," but a community of twenty million individuals who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on exceedingly hard times.
Publication Date: 2000
Worst of the Worst by
Identifies and characterizes the most repressive states and singles out which are aggressive. Defines the actions constituting repression and proposes a method of measuring human rights violations, presenting an index of nation-state repressiveness. Offers a way to decide which repressive and rogue states are most deserving of strong policy attention.
Call Number: JC571.W67 2007
Publication Date: 2007