The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) report into human rights abuses in North Korea, released on Monday by panel chairman Michael Kirby, highlights the impact of the government’s extreme […]
This piece was originally published in the Tumen Triangle Documentation Project – Issue Two published by Sino:NK In mid-2013 I visited Rason for the first time, though not my first […]
My new journal article in Griffith Asia Quarterly… Strategic Player, Economic Outlier: Regional Integration and North Korea’s Place in Northeast Asia DOWNLOAD ARTICLE HERE Abstract: North Korea is an outlier […]
Presentation at Korea Update 2013, Korea Institute, Australian National University, 11th October 2013. — Why does North Korea engage with the international climate change regime, centred on the United Nations […]
Korean Studies Association of Australasia – 8th Biennial Conference, 27-28 June 20113, Australian National University, Canberra. — This project is the latest manifestation of a project that began with my […]
By Benjamin Habib, La Trobe University This article was originally published at The Conversation. Read the original article. — As the first anniversary of Great Leader Kim Jong Il’s death […]
La Trobe University Climate and Society (ENV1CSS) Plennary Lecture #2 Thursday 6th September, La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus — It was my great privilege to deliver the second Climate and […]
BY BEN HABIB. The North Korean government has every reason to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and participate in the global climate change mitigation project. As early as August 2002, […]
BY BEN HABIB. The technical aspects of the failed Unha-3 rocket launch are less interesting than the political undercurrents swirling around this event. The rocket’s explosion has spared the United States and its regional allies some loss of face while for North Korea, it represents a missed opportunity for Pyongyang to maximise its diplomatic and strategic leverage, over and above any threat to Kim Jong-un’s legitimacy as leader.
BY BEN HABIB. The North’s Kwangmyongsong-3 rocket launch is likely to yield important insights in three areas of interest to North Korea watchers. First, the relative success of North Korea’s rocket launch is likely to yield insights into the operability of the North’s overall nuclear weapons capability and specifically its ability to deliver a nuclear payload to targets at distances beyond 1,000 kilometres. Second, it would appear to fit with a longer trend of provocations dating back to the Cheonan incident in 2010 that have been linked to the legitimisation of Kim Jong-un’s leadership credentials. Finally, with the potential restart of negotiations with Washington in the offing, the launch indicates that coercive bargaining is likely to remain Pyongyang’s modus operandi in international negotiations under the new leadership.
BY BEN HABIB. The death of North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il casts a cloud over the future of the already weak North Korean state and the stability of Northeast Asian security environment. Speculation about the future of a post-Kim Jong-il North Korea has been mounting since reports about Kim’s ill-health surfaced in 2008, raising questions about leadership succession, the viability of North Korea’s unique political system and political stability on the Korean peninsula. With Kim’s passing, those questions will be answered in short order.
BY BEN HABIB. Paper presented at the World International Studies Committee Third Global International Studies Conference, 17th – 20th August 2011, University of Porto, Portugal. This paper paper and presentation […]
BY BEN HABIB. The longevity of the regime has been a topic of conjecture since Kim Jong-il’s rise to power in 1994. Many analysts presumed that the primary driver of […]