Going it alone? North Korea’s adaptability as a small power in a changing world

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Abstract

This article uses small states scholarship to map North Korea’s evolution from a post-colonial small state to a system-influencing state due to its nuclear weapons programme. The framework allows for contributions to: (1) The DPRK literature which in some parts has suggested the future collapse of the state, (2) The small states literature that suggests they can only survive if they integrate larger political and/or economic units, (3) The mainstream IR literature and its dominant realist streak that considers great powers and their will as the main drivers in contemporary world politics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-78
Number of pages16
JournalThird World Thematics
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Oct 2016

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Third World Thematics on 04/10/16, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/23802014.2016.1226146

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