Course description

This course examines recent political and economic trends in North Korea in an effort to understand better the North Korean regime's goals, resources, and external environment. Students hone their critical thinking skills by exploring new insights drawn from recent interviews with defectors; understand on-the-ground developments in the North Korea-China border region; learn methods for developing a framework of analysis, which they apply in the course; identify and apply earlier frameworks of analysis to current events; and further develop communication and presentation skills.


  • Director, Korea Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
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