Talking to North Korea
Ending the Nuclear Standoff
This provocative insider's account blasts apart the myths which paint North Korea as a rogue state run by a mad leader. Informed by extraordinary access to the country's leadership, Glyn Ford investigates the regime from the inside, providing game-changing insights, which Trump and his administration have failed to do. Acknowledging that North Korea is a deeply flawed and repressive state, he nonetheless shows that sections of the leadership are desperate to modernise and end their isolation.
With chapters on recent developments including the Trump / Kim summit, Ford supports a dialogue between East and West, whilst also criticising Trump's facile attempts. Talking to North Korea provides a road map for averting a war in North East Asia that would threaten the lives of millions.
Glyn Ford is Director of Track2Asia, a representative on Labour's National Policy Forum and a member of the Labour Party's International Committee. He is the author of Talking to North Korea (Pluto, 2018) and North Korea on the Brink (Pluto, 2007). He has visited North Korea almost 50 times as an MEP amongst other professional capacities.
Map of North Korea
Country Leaders, 1990-2018
Chronology Since 1900
Note on Asian Names
1. Introduction: The Pyongyang Paradox
Part I: Roots of the Present Crisis: Understanding North Korea’s History
2. Drawing the Iron Curtain
3. Kim’s Korea
4. Famine, Markets, Refugees and Human Rights: The Kim Jong II Era
Part II: Continuity and Change
5. Kim Jong Un
6. Daily Life in North Korea
Part III: The Diplomatic Stage
7. The Nuclear Factor
8. Foreign Affairs: Between Rapprochement and Standoff
9. Conclusion: After Singapore
Bibliography and Further Reading
eBook ISBN: 9781786803047
129mm x 198mm