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What Makes North Korea Tick?

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North Korea is constantly in the news, yet few know anything about the ‘hermit kingdom’; it is arguably the most oppressive society on Earth and has suffered terrible famines, yet there has been no hint of a revolution; it is relatively small and weak, yet constantly strikes a belligerent posture. Recent revelations about North Korea’s nuclear programme and the illness of its leader, Kim Jong-Il, have kept it on the front pages. This talk provides an introduction to the extreme ideology and Orwellian methods of social control that make North Korea tick.

Bio: Joshua Karton is a PhD candidate at Pembroke College. A graduate of Yale and Columbia Law School, he wrote his undergraduate dissertation on North Korean official ideology and worked at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing on North Korea-related issues. While at the embassy, he co-wrote a primer on North Korea still given to Canadian diplomats assigned to work in the region. His PhD research focuses on the resolution of international commercial disputes but he has maintained an amateur interest in North Korea in particular and East Asian politics in general.

This talk is part of the Pembroke Papers, Pembroke College series.

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