Korea 2012: Politics, Economy and Society contains concise overview articles covering domestic developments and the economy in both South and North Korea as well as inter-Korean relations and foreign relations of the two Koreas in 2011. Additional papers deal with topics such as South Korea’s foreign trade drive, the death of Kim Jong Il, South Korea as a middle power, the portrayal of North Koreans in ROK cinema, graphic novel representations of food issues in post-famine North Korea, and North Korean views of foreigners. A detailed chronology complements the articles.
Rüdiger Frank, Ph.D. (2001) in Economics, University of Duisburg, is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. He has published on North and South Korean political economy. His current research is on North Korea's development and its East Asian context.
James E. Hoare, Ph.D. (1971) in Far Eastern History, University of London, was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1969 to 2003. He is a writer and broadcaster on East Asia as well as a Research Associate at both the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Patrick Köllner, Ph.D. (1998), is Director of the Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies and a professor of political science at the University of Hamburg. From 1996 to 2006 he edited the German-language edition of the Korea Yearbook.
Susan Pares, was in the British Diplomatic Service from 1965 to 1987. She is a writer and editor on East Asian affairs.
Table of contents
Preface - Rüdiger Frank
List of Refereed Articles Published since 2007
Chronology - Susan Pares
South Korea in 2011: Domestic Politics, the Economy and Social Issues - Patrick Köllner
North Korea in 2011: Domestic Developments and the Economy - Rüdiger Frank
Relations Between the Two Koreas in 2011 - Sabine Burghart
Foreign Relations of the Two Koreas in 2011 - James E. Hoare
KORUS, KOREU and Beyond: South Korea’s Free Trade Drive - Patrick Köllner/Parick Flamm
North Korea after Kim Jong Il: The Kim Jong Un Era and its Challenges - Rüdiger Frank
The Concept of Middle Power and the Case of the ROK: A Review - Dong-min Shin
Northerners on Southern Screens: From Shiri (1999) to The Yellow Sea (2010) - Mark Morris
A New Deal: Graphic Novel Representations of Food Issues in Post-famine North Korea - Martin Petersen
Special Economic Zones, Trade and Economic Reform: The Curious Case of Rason Special City - Bernhard Seliger
The North Korean Philosophy of Foreigners - Tatiana Gabroussenko
All those interested in contemporary Korea, including academics and students in Korean studies, Asian studies, and the social sciences, but also business people, diplomats and other officials, and NGO representatives.