Accession Number : ADA621272


Title :   North Korea's 7.1 Policy


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Olgunsoy, Birkan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a621272.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 83


Abstract : This thesis evaluates North Korea's July 2002 economic reforms. It does so by analyzing the content of the reforms, their economic impact on North Korean people, and the problem areas of the reforms. This thesis makes five arguments. First, the July 2002 economic reforms were not intended to reform North Korea's economic system but to provide temporary relief for the regime's survival. Second, unless the problems in monetization and decentralization in the industrial and agricultural sectors are eliminated, the economic development effort is doomed to fail. Furthermore, if Pyongyang solves international, administrative and infrastructural problems within Special Economic Zones, it can spur economic development in the country. Third, the growing economic interdependence may help to leverage upon North Korea. Fourth, North Korea's current political system forms the biggest obstacle for present and future reforms. Finally, for the U.S. and international sanctions to have more effective impact, there should be a consensus on them and the subsiding effect of other countries should be avoided. In conclusion, the thesis makes policy recommendations and extracts overall lessons for international policy makers, economic leaders, and diplomats that can be applied to this and other cases.


Descriptors :   *ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , *NORTH KOREA , *POLITICAL SCIENCE , AGRICULTURE , DECENTRALIZATION , DIPLOMATS , ECONOMIC IMPACT , ECONOMICS , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , IMPACT , INDUSTRIES , INTERNATIONAL , LEADERSHIP , MANAGEMENT , POLICIES , THESES


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE