North Korea’s New Diplomacy

Challenging Political Isolation in the 21st Century

  • Virginie Grzelczyk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-248

About this book


This book examines how North Korea has managed to weather an uncertain political future and catastrophic economic system since the end of the Cold War. Emerging as a state that has successfully developed and tested missiles and nuclear weapons, North Korea has consolidated the Kim family dynasty through the appointment of Kim Jong Un as Pyongyang’s latest strongman. The author provides an empirically rich account of new diplomatic recognitions, military partnerships, knowledge trade, coping mechanisms to offset international sanctions, import and export partners, foreign investment practices and engagement within the Global South. The resulting picture is that of a state that is, against all odds, mainstreaming, and becoming a more complex and relevant actor in the 21st century diplomatic world.


Political Economy North Korea DPRK Isolationsim Pyongyang 1948 Self-reliance Utilitarianism Nuclear monopoly

Authors and affiliations

  • Virginie Grzelczyk
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Languages & Social SciencesAston UniversityBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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