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.
List of Tables; 1. Staying Power of the Socialist "Hermit Kingdom," Young Whan Kihl; Part I. Domestic Politics and Political Economy; 2. Emergence of the Second Republic: The Kim Regime Adapts to the Challenge of Modernity, Alexandre Y. Mansourov; 3. Kim Jong Il's Military First Politics, Ilpyong J. Kim; 4. Reconciling Nuclear Standoff and Economic Shortfalls: Pyongyang's Perspective, C. Kenneth Quinones; 5. North Korea's Weapons of Mass Destruction, Larry A. Niksch; 6. North Korea's Economic Crisis, Reforms, and Policy Implications, Dick K. Nanto; Part II. The Politics of Foreign Relations; 7. U.S.-DPRK Relations in the Kim Jong Il Era, Robert A. Scalapino; 8. Japanese-North Korean Relations Under the Koizumi Government, Hong Nack Kim; 9. Sino-North Korean Relations in the Post-Cold War World, Samuel S. Kim; 10. Russo-North Korean Relations Under Kim Jong Il, Peggy Falkenheim Meyer; 11. North Korea-South Korea Relations in the Kim Jong Il Era, Seongji Woo; Part III. Future Prospects; 12. (Bi-) Multilateral Approaches to Defusing Nuclear Crisis: Beyond the Six-Party Talks as Peace Strategy, Young Whan Kihl; 13. Why Hasn't North Korea Collapsed? Understanding the Recent Past, Thinking About the Future, Nicholas Eberstadt; Appendix; Select Bibliography; List of Contributors; Index.