Launched in January 2006, North Korean Economy Watch (NKeconWatch) is intended as a research resource for business persons, policy makers, academics, journalists and others interested in the North Korean economy (broadly speaking).
Curtis enjoys traveling to developing nations. To date he has visited over 50 countries including China, Zimbabwe, Iran, North Korea, Turkmenistan, and Myanmar. Curtis also enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in which he is a purple belt.
Curtis received his BBA in economics from the University of Georgia and his MA in economics from George Mason University. He is ABD in the econ department at Geroge Mason University.
Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is a 2015 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2015 with an MA in international relations and international economics. He will begin his PhD in history at University of Pennsylvania in August 2015, focusing his research on North Korean political history.
Benjamin enjoys reading and writing about totalitarianism and the intersection between political oppression and economics. He previously worked in development politics for the Swedish government. He is an avid listener of the North Korean Army Choir.
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This format might be confusing for new readers, so in instances where this is the case, please use the search box located at the top of the sidebar.
Additionally, confusion can arise over the proper romanization of Korean names. In most cases, the categories are listed using the North Korean style of romanization (for instance, the editor uses “Kaesong” rather than “Gaeseong”). However, when referencing another author’s work, the editor will leave in place the original author’s spelling.
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This site focuses primarily on economic and cultural aspects of North Korea. This site does not generally focus on human rights issues or the nuclear issue, though they will come up from time to time. Although these topics are important, they are thoroughly covered in other forums.
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