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Editor's greeting,

Welcome to North Korean Review Online, a digital extension of our print journal of the same name. Jointly edited by the Institute for North Korean Studies, University of Detroit Mercy and the Institute for North Korean Studies, Yonsei University and sponsored by the Asia Research Fund, our focus lies exclusively in North Korea and the complexities it encapsulates in the 21st Century. 


It is our vision that by also having an online presence, we can include you, our dear readers, into the discussion on a variety of North Korean issues that are published both digitally and in print. We strive to provide high-quality, highly varied topics and reviews that can provoke a lively discourse both online and during our future conferences. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your comments and contributions.


Dr. Yongho Kim
​NKR Editor in Chief 

Our Scope

International and interdisciplinary, North Korean Review is a refereed journal published by McFarland Books biannually on topics spanning culture, history, economics, business, religion, politics and international relations, among others.


We are currently indexed and abstracted in JSTOR, Scopus, MLA International Bibliography, EBSCO Current Abstracts, Political Science Abstracts, Political Science Complete, Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS), Ulrich’s Web, and Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance, Management and Marketing. 

Our History

Established in 2005 by founding editor Professor Sukhi Kim at the University of Detroit Mercy, North Korean Review is the first academic journal in North America and Europe to focus exclusively on North Korea. Founded by the Institute for North Korean Studies at University of Detroit Mercy in the United States, the purpose of North Korean Review is to provide readers with an improved understanding of the country’s complexities and the threat it presents to global stability.

Our Staff

Founding Editor                                                 

Suk Hi Kim, University of Detroit Mercy


Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies Editorial Staff



Yongho Kim, Yonsei University (South Korea)


Managing Editor

Lonnie Edge, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea)


Book Review Editor

Bernhard Seliger, Hanns Seidel Foundation (Germany)


Editorial Board

Sheena Chestnut Greitens, University of Texas at Austin (USA)

Shine Choi, Massey University (New Zealand)

Sandra Fahy, Sophia University (Japan)

Rüdiger Frank, University of Vienna (Austria)

Virginie Grzelczyck, Aston University (UK)

Peter Hayes, Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability (Australia)

Van Jackson, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Dong-il Kim, Peking University (China)

Liang Tuang Nah, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Marcus Noland, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Andrew O'Neil, Griffith University (Australia)

Kyung-Ae Park, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Terence Roehrig, U.S. Naval War College

Sonia Ryang, Rice University (USA)

Andrew Scobell, Rand Corporation

Sarah Son, University of Sheffield (UK)

Balázs Szalontai, Korea University (South Korea)


Rhonda Herman, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers



Business Manager: Adam Phillips

Editorial: Layla Milholen, Sophia Lyons

Business: Shelia Baldwin

Production Staff: Phyllis Efford


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