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Author: Glyn Ford. Glyn Ford is Director of Track2Asia and a member of the Labour Party’s International Commission.

 

Pluto Press (09.2018) – https://bit.ly/2XaIprP – Despite recent attempts at negotiation, the attitudes of both Kim Jong Un’s regime and the West seem unchanged. North Korea is still shrouded in mystery and there are no clear plans for the future. Can we trust either side to bring about peace? And if so, how?

 

This provocative insider’s account blasts apart the myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader. Informed by extraordinary access to the country’s leadership, Glyn Ford investigates the regime from the inside, providing game-changing insights. Acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply repressive state, he nonetheless shows that sections of the leadership are determined to end their isolation.

 

Contents

 

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Pyongyang Paradox

  • Nukes and Missiles
  • International Relations
  • Is There a Settlement to Be Had?
  • Structure

 

PART I ROOTS OF THE PRESENT CRISIS: UNDERSTANDING NORTH KOREA’S HISTORY

 

Chapter 2: Drawing the Iron Curtain

  • Geography
  • The Yanks Arrive
  • Colonial Consequences
  • Pre-War War
  • From Civil War to Cold War
  • The Never-Ending End

 

Chapter 3: Kim’s Korea

  • Divide and Rule: The Intra-Party Struggle
  • The Kim Cult
  • The Economy Takes Off
  • The Welfare State
  • Alone Abroad
  • The Third Way
  • Kim’s Legacy

 

Chapter 4 Famine, Markets, Refugees, and Human Rights:

  • The Kim Jong Il Era
  • The Famine
  • The Emergence of Markets
  • Kim Jong Il Steps Up
  • Defectors, Refugees, or Migrants?

 

PART II CONTINUITY AND CHANGE

 

Chapter 5: Kim Jong Un

  • Emerging Capitalism
  • Some Are More Equal than Others
  • Investment and Special Economic Zones
  • Energy and Mining
  • Agriculture, Nutrition, and Industry

 

Chapter 6: Daily Life in North Korea

  • Transportation
  • Education: Shaping the Nation
  • Controlling the Nation
  • National Health
  • Crime and Punishment

 

PART III THE DIPLOMATIC STAGE

 

Chapter 7: The Nuclear Factor

  • Military Perception
  • How Did We Get Here?
  • North Korea’s Nuclear Tests
  • Missile Trade
  • Star Wars
  • Impact and Solutions
  • Relations with South Korea

 

Chapter 8: Foreign Affairs: Between Rapprochement and Standoff

  • Japan
  • China
  • United States
  • United Nations
  • European Union

 

Chapter 9: Conclusion – After Singapore

  • Between Washington and Beijing
  • Where Can It All Go Wrong?
  • Another War Is Possible
  • The Prospects for a Settlement

 

 

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