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North Korea and the Geopolitics of Development

Date & Time

Mar. 5, 2024
10:00am – 11:00am ET


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The timing of a country’s development has considerable impact on the subsequent nature of economic growth and institutional structure. In East Asia, geopolitical moments such as colonialism, the Cold War, and rise of China also shaped economic systems and periods of growth (and decline) of late developing countries—North Korea is no exception.

In his latest book, North Korea and the Geopolitics of Development, former Wilson Center fellow and Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex Kevin Gray contextualizes the nexus of development and geopolitics in North Korean history. He was joined on the panel by Rachel Minyoung Lee, Senior Fellow with the 38 North Program at the Stimson Center, and Andrew Yeo, Senior Fellow and SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution, to discuss the history of the North Korean economic and geopolitical implications for today.


Rachel Minyoung Lee

Rachel Minyoung Lee

Senior Fellow, 38 North Program at the Stimson Center
Andrew Yeo

Andrew Yeo

Senior Fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution

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Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.  Read more

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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