EWC Senior Fellow Launches Blog on North Korea

Marcus Noland (Photo Credit: Peterson Institute for International Economics website)

In association with their new book, Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea, Steph Haggard, Jen Lee, and Marcus Noland (EWC Senior Fellow, Economics) are launching a blog titled North Korea: Witness to Transformation, in which they will comment on developments that are germane to past and current issues of North Korea.

Despite the appearance of a stable, unchanging order, North Korea has in fact undergone a profound transformation over the last two decades. The famine of the mid-1990s generated a flood of refugees into China and an unprecedented emergence of market activities. The government’s response to these activities has been ambivalent at best, tolerating them when necessary but re-imposing controls when the economic and political consequences seemed threatening.

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