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Lecture-Forum • Market, State, and Society in North Korea

The Program on Alternative Development (AltDev) of the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) presents Market, State, and Society in North Korea, a lecture-forum by Andrew Yeo, Ph.D. of The Catholic University of America. This will be held on February 18, 2020 (Tuesday), 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., at the UP CIDS Conference Hall, Lower Ground Floor, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

About the Lecture-Forum

Since Kim Jong Un’s rise to power in 2011, reports point to growing economic markets, an emerging “nouveau riche” class, and an emphasis on modernization and development. The lecture evaluates the shifting relationship between state, society, and markets in an authoritarian context. Can there be a North Korean civil society? On one hand, the growth of markets has presumably altered the relationship between state and society, shifting power in favour of private market players while hollowing out the regime’s legitimacy. On the other hand, markets are still beholden to the state. Thus, markets may actually empower rather than weaken the state as the latter may manage to co-opt the former.

About the Speaker

Andrew Yeo, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Politics and Director of Asian Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and currently a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science, University of Philippines Diliman as a U.S. Fulbright Senior Researcher. His research and teaching interests include international relations theory, East Asian regionalism, Asian security, U.S. grand strategy, civil society and democracy, Korean politics, and North Korea.


For event inquiries, please contact the UP CIDS Program on Alternative Development at [email protected].