Economic revival: the key to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea's survival

dc.contributor.advisorLooney, Robert
dc.contributor.authorKim, David T.
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs
dc.contributor.secondreaderMiller, Alice Lyman
dc.description.abstractThe Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is using all avenues to include nuclear capability for its regime survival, which is threatening the peace within the Northeast Asia region. The DPRK is perceived as an outcast by the international community and has few means to legitimize its regime other than acts of terrorism and an illicit economy that sustains regime survival despite international sanctions. Past economic policies and reforms have failed with major social consequences. Continued economic downfall will lead to instability of the regime, causing international disorder and suffering to DPRK citizens. A strong economy is a major factor in maintaining stability within a state, and if citizens are able to meet their basic needs, elites are in better positions to maintain their power. The DPRK, as a hard-line authoritarian regime, instead maintains power through repression and an informal economy. The fall of the Soviet Union, the DPRK's biggest donor, led to a halt in foreign aid. To make matters worse, monsoon events and mismanagement of the economy led to deadly famines. For the sake of the regime's survival and regional stability, the DPRK has to change its perspective on its economic policies.en_US
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dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Air Forceen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorNortheast Asiaen_US
dc.subject.authorNorth Koreaen_US
dc.subject.authoreconomic reformen_US
dc.subject.authorregime stabilityen_US
dc.subject.authoreconomic modelen_US
dc.subject.authorspecial economic zonesen_US
dc.subject.authorillicit economyen_US
dc.titleEconomic revival: the key to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea's survivalen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Far East Southeast Asia And The Pacific)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster Of Arts In Security Studies (Far East Southeast Asia And The Pacific)en_US