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General Information

North Korean Review publishes two issues per year, one in spring and one in fall. Issues are published at the end of March and September.

  • Authors wishing to appear in the spring issue must submit their articles for consideration by December 15.

  • Those wishing to appear in the fall issue must submit their articles for consideration by June 15.

Peer review may take up to six weeks. Online access to issue articles may take up to two months following publication depending upon the schedule of the online access provider.


NKR welcomes policy-oriented articles (up to 7,000 words) and short papers, commentaries, and cases (up to 4,000 words) on relations between North Korea and other countries. Papers about economics, business, culture, history, politics, international relations and other academic disciplines are accepted for consideration.


To submit an article for possible publication in NKR, please submit your paper as an email attachment in Microsoft Word to the editor. Authors will receive an email confirmation when their articles are received.


For further details about preparing an article and formatting files, please refer to the style guide on the right.


Submit all manuscripts and editorial inquiries about NKR to:

Lonnie Edge
Yonsei Institute of North Korean Studies
Kim Dae Jung Library
#302, 5-26 Sinchon-ro 4 gil, Mapo-gu
Seoul 121-818
South Korea


Book Reviews

NKR publishes short summaries of all books received and complete reviews of
selected books. Authors and/or publishers interested in having a summary or review of a North Korea–related book appear in our journal should send a complimentary copy to the book review editor.


In addition, an unfortunate fact of the field of Korean studies in general is that there is a gap between scholars from different countries created by problems of Korean language ability or lack thereof.


Accordingly, NKR shall also, on occasion, consider for publication reviews written in English of North Korea–related books published not only in Korean but also Japanese, Chinese, and Russian languages.


​Completed reviews (up to 2,500 words) should be sent to the book review editor Bernhard Seliger ( and cc’d to the managing editor, Lonnie Edge (


Books currently available for review are:

Submission Deadlines

15 DEC

Submission for the Spring Issue

31 MAR

Publication of the Spring Issue

15 JUN

Submission for the Fall Issue

30 SEP

Publication of the Fall Issue


  •  Andre Schmid.(2024).North Korea's Mundane Revolution:Socialist Living and the Rise of Kim Il Sung, 1953-1965.University of California Press.

  • Buzo, Adrian. (2023). Routledge Handbook of Contemporary North Korea. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

  • Cha, Victor & Ramon Pacheco Pardo. (2023). Korea: A New History of South and North. Yale University Press.

  • Choi, Shine; Chiew-Ping Hoo; Brian Bridges. (2024). Southeast Asia-North Korea Relations: Drivers, Linkages, and Strategic Ambivalence. Routledge.

  • Han, Jongwoo. (2023). The Metamorphosis of U.S.-Korea Relations: The Korean Question Revisited. Lexington Books.

  • Su-Mi Lee.(2023).Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea: Cohesion and Disarray.State Univ of New York Press.

  • Thae Yong-ho. (2024). Passcode to the Third Floor: An Insider's Account of Life Among North Korea's Political Elite. Columbia University Press.

  • Kadir Jun Ayhan, Brendan Howe.(2023).Comprehensive Peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula:Internal Dynamics in North Korea and South Korean Approaches.Palgrave Macmillan Singapore.


  • Pandey, Hina. (Exp. Nov 2023). Nuclear Conundrum of Iran and North Korea 'From Proliferation Crisis to Non-Proliferation Promise?'. Routledge. 

  • Manning, Gerry. (Exp. Oct 2023). North Korea Aviation: An Eyewitness Account. Key Publishing.

  • Lee, Sung-Yoon. 2023. The sister: the extraordinary story of Kim Yo Jung, the most powerful woman in North Korea. Macmillan.

  • Kim, Suzy. 2023. Among Women across worlds: North Korea in the global Cold War. Cornell University Press.

  • Lee, Su-Mi & Roehrig, Terence. (Exp. May 2023). Negotiation Dynamics to Denuclearize North Korea: Cohesion and Disarray. State University of New York Press.

  • Victor Cha & Ramon Pacheco Pardo. (Exp. June 2023). Korea: A New History of South and North. Yale University Press.

  • Lim, Hyun-Joo. (Exp. Sep 2023). North Korean Women and Defection: Human Rights Violations and Activism. Bristol University Press.

  • Hecker, Siegfried S. w/ Serbin, Elliot A.(Exp. Feb 2023). Hinge Points: An Inside Look at North Korea's Nuclear Program. Stanford University Press.

  • Scott Snyder & Kyung-Ae Park. (Exp. Jan 2023). North Korea's Foreign Policy: The Kim Jong-un Regime in a Hostile World. Rowman & Littlefield.


  • Baogang He, David Hundt, Chengxin Pan. (2022). China and Human Rights in North Korea: Debating a “Developmental Approach” in Northeast Asia. Routledge.

  • King, Robert R. & Shin, Gi-Wook. (2022). The North Korean Conundrum: Balancing Human Rights and Nuclear Security. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

  • Carlin, Robert, Moon Chung-in. (2022). Understanding Kim Jong-un's North Korea: Regime Dynamics, Negotiation, and Engagement. Lexington Books.

  • Chiang Min-Hua. (Exp. Sep 2022). The Political Economy of North Korea: Domestic, Regional, and Global Dynamic. Lynne Rienner.

  • Jackson, Andrew David. (Exp. Mar 2022). The Two Koreas and their Global Engagements. Palgrave.

  • Liu Jinlong. (2022). Crying Forests: Political Ecology in the DPRK. Springer. 

  • Park Jiyun, Chai Seh-Lynn. Baldwin-Beneich, Sarah (trans.). (Exp. May 2022). The Hard Road Out: Escaping North Korea. HarperNorth.

  • Shin Haeran (ed.). (Exp. Apr 2022). North Korean Defectors in Diaspora: Identities, Mobilities, and Resettlements. Lexington.

  • Stallard, Katie. (Exp. May 2022).  Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea. OUP.

  • Theroux, Marcell. (Exp. Jul 2022). The Sorcerer of Pyongyang. Corsair. 

  • Tudor, Daniel. (Exp. Apr 2022). Ask A North Korean: Defectors Talk About Their Lives Inside the World's Most Secretive Nation. Tuttle. 

  • White, Geoff. (Exp. Jun 2022). The Lazarus Heist: From Hollywood to High Finance: Inside North Korea’s Global Cyber War. Penguin.

  • Joowon Park. (Nov 2022 Exp). Belonging in a House Divided: The Violence of the North Korean Resettlement Process. University of California Press.

  • Tae Yong Jung & Sung Jin Kang (Eds.). (2022). Development Prospects for North Korea. Routledge.


  • Lim II & Adam Zulawnik. (2021). Interviews with North Korean Defectors. Routledge.

  • Gray, Kevin, Jong-Woon Lee. (2021). North Korea and Geopolitics of Development. CUP.

  • He, Baogang (Editor). (2021). China and Human Rights in North Korea: Debating a “Developmental Approach” in Northeast Asia. Routledge.

  • King, Robert R. (2021). The North Korean Conundrum: Balancing Human Rights and Nuclear Security. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

  • Kim, Immanuel. (2021). Laughing North Koreans: The Culture of Comedy Films. ‎ Lexington Books.

  • Lim Il, Adam Zulawnik. (2021). Interviews with North Korean Defectors. Routledge. 

  • Nam Sung-wook. (2021). Mysterious Pyongyang: Cosmetics, Beauty Culture and North Korea. Palgrave. 

  • Oh Kongdan, Ralph Hassig. (2021). North Korea in a Nutshell: A Contemporary Overview. Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Ryang, Sonia. (2021). Language and Truth in North Korea. University of Hawai'i Press. 

  • de Wit, Jerôme. (2021). Literature and Cultural Identity during the Korean War: Comparing North and South Korean Writing. Bloomsbury. 

  • Yeo, Andrew. (2021). State, Society and Markets in North Korea (Elements in Politics and Society in East Asia). CUP.

  • Robert King. (2021). Patterns of Impunity: Human Rights in North Korea and the Role of the U.S. Special Envoy. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. 



  • Bang, Chan Young. (2020). Transition Beyond Denuclearisation: A Bold Challenge for Kim Jong Un (1st Ed), Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Abrahamian, Andray. (2020). Being in North Korea. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center.

  • Bolton, John. (2020). The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir. Simon and Schuster. 

  • Howard, Keith. (2020). Songs for “Great Leaders”; Ideology and Creativity in North Korean Music and Dance. OUP.

  • Jones, Catherine, Sarah Teitt. (2020). China–North Korea Relations: Between Development and Security. Edward Elgar Publishing. 

  • Pak, Jung H. (2020). Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer's Insights into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator. Ballantine Books.

  • Panda, Ankit. (2020). Kim Jong Un and the Bomb: Survival and Deterrence in North Korea. C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.


Call for Blog Entries

NKR also welcomes, for its blog, articles related to the relations between North Korea and other countries. The size of the article should not exceed 2,000 words and be focused on a specific and preferably current topic. All articles should be sent  to the managing editor, Lonnie Edge (

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