Social Change in North Korea: Current Trends and Future Prospects
Sokeel Park, Director of Research & Strategy, Liberty in North Korea
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will argue that, although North Korea remains the most closed country in the world, the collapse of the state-socialist economy means several long-term trends have emerged that are degrading the government’s sources of domestic hard and soft power, and portend a broader opening and transformation of the country.
These changes include marketization, new information flows, corruption, shared disobedience, the Jangmadang generation, and the role of defectors. The speaker will discuss the DPRK government’s options for responding to these challenges, and the implications for the future of the country and the Northeast Asian region.
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