Understanding Kim Jong Un's Economic Policymaking: Tourism as an Industry

ONN's Regional Issues Manager and Senior Analyst Rachel Minyoung Lee co-authored with Robert Carlin an article for 38 North on the DPRK academic discourse on tourism since Kim Jong Un took power. This piece is part of the second phase of the "Understanding Kim Jong Un's Economic Policymaking" series, which will focus on the external elements of the DPRK's economic policies.

This article explores the evolution of the DPRK's perception of tourism and the various arguments put forward by the country's scholars to work around the restrictions of a socialist economy to make tourism a meaningful economic sector.