Stories Filed Under “Economy”

2014 SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook

Yearbook cover 2014The 2014 Edition of the SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook analyzes important developments in North and South Korea that characterized their relations in that year. Each paper was written by a SAIS student from the course, “Korea’s Economic Development,” offered in the 2014 fall semester. Their insights were based on extensive reading and study as well as on numerous interviews conducted with government officials, scholars, NGO workers, academics and private sector experts both in Washington and Seoul.

Student authors featured: Alin Horj, Ju Hyung Kim, Kendrick Kuo, Jagabanta Ningthoujam, Kyu Seok Shim, and Mario Vanella.

Read more and download the full report here: 2014 SAIS US-Korea Yearbook

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Tumen Triangle Tribulations: The Unfulfilled Promise of Chinese, Russian and North Korean Cooperation

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to:

Tumen Triangle Tribulations:
The Unfulfilled Promise of Chinese, Russian and North Korean Cooperation

Featuring:

Andray Abrahamian
Director of Research, Choson Exchange
Honorary Fellow, Macquarie University

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bernstein Offit Building, Rm 500
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Cover of "Tumen Triangle Tribulations" by Andray AbrahamianThe Tumen Triangle region—where North Korea, China and Russia meet—is, in many ways, the story of regional integration being held back by the political concerns of Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow. Andray Abrahamian, Director of Research at Choson Exchange will present USKI’s latest special report which examines historical legacies, contemporary relations and shifting strategic priorities between the three countries and how they influence trade and investment in the region.

Andray Abrahamian is the Director of Research for Choson Exchange, a non-profit specializing in training for North Koreans in business, economic policy and law. He is an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University and was a CSIS non-resident Kelly Fellow. Andray has a PhD from the University of Ulsan, in which he examined media discourse and our understanding of North Korea and an M.A. from the University of Sussex, which focused on US-Korea relations.

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Webcast available HERE.

Tumen Triangle Tribulations: The Unfulfilled Promise of Chinese, Russian and North Korean Cooperation

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015 – Tumen Triangle Tribulations: The Unfulfilled Promise of Chinese, Russian and North Korean Cooperation

Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea

BKS Markets CoverMarkets have grown to become an integral part of the North Korean economy ever since the famine of the 1990s and the breakdown of the planned economy. Across the country, most cities have several of these markets, and North Koreans are dependent on them for a significant part of their food consumption. Markets first sprang up illegally as a response to the breakdown of the public distribution system. Since then, many markets have been formalized and integrated into the public finance system through taxes and administrative permits.
Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea: New Evidence from Satellite Imagery,” focuses on these formalized markets in North Korea. It relies on a dataset specifically created for this research to understand the growth of the markets over time and patterns in their geographical distribution. The purpose of this study is to build an understanding of how the markets have developed and why they are seemingly more prominent in some cities than in others.
This report was the first in a series of reports that USKI will publish as a part of our “New Voices on the DPRK Economy” program, designed to promote new research and the professional development of young scholars interested in the North Korean economy. Co-developed by the US-Korea Institute at SAIS and the National Committee on North Korea,  this program provides a new generation of scholars on the North Korean economy with a singular opportunity to strengthen their analytical skills and increase their visibility. In addition to producing important policy-relevant, practical research, this project will help rising scholars deepen their ability to frame and tackle policy questions by working with senior scholars from research design to completion.
Download “Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea: New Evidence from Satellite Imagery,” by Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein. Part of the “New Voices” report series published by the US-Korea Institute at SAIS.
Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Pennsylvania where he focuses on North Korean political history. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2015 with an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics, concentrating in Korea Studies. He is a non-resident Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and has written on Korean affairs for publications like Jane’s Intelligence Review. He is also co-editor of the website North Korean Economy Watch.

Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS presents:

Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea:
New Evidence from Satellite Imagery

Featuring:

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Non-resident Kelly Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Monday, October 5, 2015
12:30-2:00pm
Lunch will be provided.

Bernstein Offit Building, Rm 500
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

As part of USKI’s Emerging Voices Paper Series, a research mentorship program for young scholars studying the North Korean economy, Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein will present his research on the growth and geography of markets in North Korea, based on examination of satellite imagery (via Google Earth).

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Pennsylvania where he focuses on North Korean political history. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2015 with an MA in International Relations and International Economics, concentrating in Korea Studies. He is a non-resident Kelly Fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS and has written on Korean affairs for publications like Jane’s Intelligence Review. He is also co-editor of the website North Korean Economy Watch.

Please RSVP here by October 2.

Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea: New Evidence from Satellite Imagery

Monday, Oct 5, 2015 – Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea: New Evidence from Satellite Imagery

Daily Life in North Korea: A Video Presentation

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 – Daily Life in North Korea: A Video Presentation