Featuring contributions by some of the leading experts in Korean studies, this book examines the political content of Kim Jong-Il's regime maintenance, including both the domestic strategy for regime survival and North Korea's foreign relations with South Korea, Russia, China, Japan, and the United States. It considers how and why the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) became a "hermit kingdom" in the name of Juche (self-reliance) ideology, and the potential for the barriers of isolationism to endure. This up-to-date analysis of the DPRK's domestic and external policy linkages also includes a discussion of the ongoing North Korean nuclear standoff in the region.

chapter 1|32 pages

Staying Power of the Socialist “Hermit Kingdom”

ByYoung Whan Kihl

part |2 pages

Part I. Domestic Politics and Political Economy

part |2 pages

Part II. The Politics of Foreign Relations

chapter 7|16 pages

U.S.-DPRK Relations in the Kim Jong Il Era

ByRobert A. Scalapino

chapter 8|22 pages

Japanese-North Korean Relations Under the Koizumi Government

ByHong Nack Kim

chapter 9|20 pages

Sino–North Korean Relations in the Post–Cold War World

BySamuel S. Kim

chapter 10|22 pages

Russo–North Korean Relations Under Kim Jong Il

ByPeggy Falkenheim Meyer