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 (seliger@hss.or.kr) and cc’d to the managing editor, Lonnie Edge (nkreview@ yonsei.ac.kr).


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


  • 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.

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

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

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

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



  • 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. Oxford University Press.

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

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



  • Bandi, Heinz Insu Fenkl. (2019). The Red Years: Forbidden Poems from Inside North Korea. Zed Books.

  • Bo, Gao. (2019). China's Economic Engagement in North Korea. Palgrave Macmillan. 

  • Bonner, Nicolas. Printed in North Korea: The Art of Everyday Life in the DPRK. Phaidon Press.

  • Fahy, Sandra. (2019). Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record. Columbia University Press.

  • Fifield, Anna. (2019). The Great Successor: the Divinely Perfect Destiny of Comrade Kim Jong-un, Bright Sun of the Twenty-First Century. Amazon.

  • Fishman, John F. (2019). Kim Jong-un: Secretive North Korean Leader (Gateway Biographies). Lerner Publication. 

  • Gao, Bo.(2019). China's Economic Engagement in North Korea. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • ​Iverson, Shepherd. (2019). Stop North Korea: A radical approach to the North Korea Standoff. Tuttle Publishing.

  • Kim, Youngjun.(2019). Origins of the North Korean Garrison State: The People’s Army and the Korean War. Routledge.

  • Lee, Chung Min. (2019). The Hermit King: The Dangerous Game of Kim Jong Un. St. Martin’s Press.

  • McEachern, Patrick. (2019). North Korea: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press.

  • Overholt, William. (2019). North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War? Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.

  • Rhee, Yeongseop. (2019). North Korea and Economic Integration in East Asia. Routledge. 

  • W. Bennett, Bruce.(2019). Alternative Paths to Korean Unification. NBN.

  • Yahuda, Michael.(2019). The International Politics of the Asia-Pacific: Fourth and Revised Edition.Routledge.

  • 김우상. (2019). 신한국책략 4.0: 북한 핵위협과 한반도 안보.



  • Caisova, Lenka. (2018). North Korea's Foreign Policy: The DPRK's Part on the International Scene and It's Audiences.

  • Cha, Victor.(2018). The Impossible State, Uptated Edition: North Korea, Past and Future. Ecco.

  • Hass, Michael. (2018). United States Diplomacy with North Korea and Vietnam: Explaining Failure and Success. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.

  • Jackson, Van. (2018). On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War. Cambridge University Press.

  • Jeppesen, Travis. (2018).See you again in Pyeongyang: A journey to Kim Jong-un's North Korea. Hachette Books.

  • Kim, Cheehyung Harrison. (2018). Heroes and Toilers: Work as Life in Postwar North Korea 1953-1961. Columbia University Press.

  • Kim, Immanuel. (2018). Rewriting Revolution: Women, Sexuality, and Memory in North Korean Fiction. University of Hawaii Press

  • Yoo, Andrew and Danielle Chub. (2018). North Korean Human Rights; Activists and Networks. Cambridge University Press.


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 (nkreview@ yonsei.ac.kr).