Uncovering North Korea's energy security dilemma: past policies, present choices, future opportunities

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Over the past two decades, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has allegedly developed nuclear energy while suffering near collapse caused by catastrophic economic policies. This article presents an evaluation of North Korea's contemporary energy policies and suggests that despite retaining communist ideals and "Chu'che" policies, North Korea has slowly started to modernise its energy sector and recognises the necessity to start engaging with the international community. While it is argued that Pyongyang's newfound concerns for sustainable development, equity and the environment are a welcomed departure from its usual belligerent rhetoric and present a number of exciting engagement opportunities, the regime has not abandoned its nuclear energy programme.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-163
Number of pages23
JournalCentral European Journal of International and Security Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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  • economic policy, energy security, energy security dilemma, North Korea

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