Accession Number : ADA456854


Title :   North Korean Civil-Military Trends: Military-First Politics to a Point


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Gause, Ken E


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a456854.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 68


Abstract : Unlike the study of other authoritarian regimes, first the Soviet Union and more recently China, which have given rise to a cottage industry of analysis on all aspects of things military, the same cannot be said of the Korean People's Army (KPA), the armed forces of the Democratic People s Republic of Korea (DPRK). In the small world of Pyongyang watchers, articles and books devoted to the KPA are few and in most cases deal with the armed forces themselves (order of battle) rather than the high command that oversees the machinery. This monograph examines the role of the KPA within the power structure of North Korea. The author describes the landscape of military and security institutions that ensure the regime s security and the perpetuation of the Kim dynasty. He also highlights the influential power brokers, both civilian and military, and describes how they fit into the leadership structure. Finally, he considers the role of the KPA in regime politics, especially as it relates to the upcoming succession and economic reform. An understanding of the North Korean leadership does not mean only recognizing the personalities who occupy the top political positions within the regime. In his landmark book, Shield of the Great Leader, Joseph Bermudez noted that over its 50-year history, the DPRK has developed into one of the most militarized countries in the world, with the KPA existing alongside the Korean Worker s Party (KWP) as the two cornerstones of the regime. During this time, the role of the high command and its ties to the leadership and decisionmaking have changed.


Descriptors :   *POLITICAL SCIENCE , *LEADERSHIP , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY APPLICATIONS , *NAVIGATION REFERENCE , NORTH KOREA , POWER , KOREA , ORDER OF BATTLE , BOOKS , CHINA , CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , SECURITY , ECONOMICS , USSR , GLOBAL


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Defense Systems


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE