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Friday, Feb 24: Prospects for Rason Special Economic Zone (Washington, DC)

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When Feb 24, 2012
from 12:00 pm to 01:30 pm
Where 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1010
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Please join KEI in its second Academic Paper Series seminar of 2012, where Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director of Choson Exchange, will discuss his analysis of the new developments in Rason and prospects for economic reform through this SEZ under the new leadership of Kim Jong-un.

Policies toward Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are often used as evidence of North Korea’s efforts to reform economically. Kim Jong-il’s trips to China and Russia along with China’s increasing interest in developing its northeastern provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang have put renewed focus on the Rason SEZ. A new road and new investment laws provide some hope that positive changes are occurring, but a history of economic policy relapses, big questions over the profitability of the SEZ, and the capability of reforms taking hold North Korea make the prospect for the Rason SEZ’s success uncertain.

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Dates of interest, March/April 2014

February 24 -April 18: U.S. and South Korea hold joint Key Resolve/Foal Eagle military exercises

March 9: North Korea holds elections for the Supreme People's Assembly

March 17: UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea presents its final report to the UN Human Rights Council

March 24-25: Nuclear Security Summit, The Netherlands. Barack Obama, Park Geun-hye, and Shinzo Abe to hold summit on sidelines

April 7: U.S. hosts trilateral meeting with South Korean and Japanese officials on North Korea policy in Washington

April 9: DPRK to convene Supreme People's Assembly

April 15: Kim Il-Sung's Birthday (DPRK National Holiday)

April 23-26: President Barack Obama travels to Japan, South Korea.

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