Explaining North Korea's State Durability

Explaining North Korea's State Durability

Open lecture at Stockholm University.

Frequent invocations of adjectives such as “unstable” and “unpredictable” to describe North Korea, and regular predictions of its imminent collapse, dissipate with unchallenged ease when the country is portrayed by the world media as a threat to the Korean Peninsula, security and stability in Northeast Asia, or a clear and imminent danger to the United States. What factors might explain the North Korean state's durability and resilience? This talk will analyze domestic, regional, and international factors and policies that help explain this case of authoritarian durability.


Hyung-Gu is the Editor of Pacific Affairs, the leading academic journal for interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia and the Pacific, and researches modern and contemporary Korea (South and North) and Japan, with chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present and across subjects that include globalization, migration, popular culture, politics, international relations, and international security in East Asia.

This seminar was co-arranged by the Swedish Institute for International Affairs (UI) and Forum for Asian Studies.


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