New Essay by Prof. Frank


"Can North Korea Prioritize Nukes and the Economy at the Same Time?" New article from Prof. Frank on Global Asia, Vol. 9, No. 1

Prof. Frank explores the question of the meaning and the feasibility of byungjin, a new policy line announced by Kim Jong-un in 2013. His key arguments are that byungjin is de facto the end to songun, as "economy and military at the same time" is logically incompatible with "military first", and that a key question is feasibility: can both be done simultaneously, and if so, where does the money come from?