The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS presents:
Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein
Non-resident Kelly Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, October 5, 2015
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.
Monday, Oct 5, 2015 – Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea: New Evidence from Satellite Imagery
Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 – Daily Life in North Korea: A Video Presentation
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – Getting Beyond Politics: Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea
In recent years, North Korea has put greater emphasis on economic growth, resuming economic experimentation and putting in place new measures to try to attract foreign investment. More and more, Pyongyang seems to be placing its bets on developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to serve as the main engine of that desired growth. While an SEZ strategy is hardly new for the North, the establishment of new SEZ laws and specialized zone development plans seem to indicate a better understanding of what it takes to attract foreign investors.
In this new USKI Report, Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director of Choson Exchange, examines the political and economic drivers of North Korea’s SEZ development policy and its established zones, and spotlights SEZs with the greatest growth potential. Abrahamian also draws insight from site visits and discussions with North Korean officials, businesspersons and academics to further explore the limitations, challenges and opportunities for North Korea’s new and planned SEZs.
Download the USKI Report, “The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian.