University of Bath

Security in the third world: The case of North Korea

In this Global Chair guest lecture, Professor Chung-in Moon will discuss security in developing countries.

9 Feb 201811.15am
9 Feb 20181.05pm
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The lecture will explore the security dynamics of North Korea

Already at the end of the 1980s, Professor Chung-in Moon developed, together with Edward Azar, some ground-breaking ideas on the special characteristics of security in developing countries. Instead of focusing on external threats and military hardware, this theory focused on political software of security (unity, legitimacy and policy capacity) as the main elements of security in a third world context.

Today, 98% of conflict fatalities are produced in fragile developing countries like North Korea and the problems of unity, legitimacy and policy performance have revealed their centrality as today’s security quagmire. While North Korea has been in the media as a simplified case of a rouge state, this lecture will go deeper into the security dynamics of the country and offers completely new understandings of the reasons why North Korea behaves as it does.

The lecture is funded by the International Relations Office.