SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

The Current role of the North Korean army in the Economy of North Korea

Dr Nicolas Levi (Researcher Polish Academy of Sciences)

Date: 15 November 2013Time: 5:15 PM

Finishes: 15 November 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G50

Type of Event: Seminar


North Korea has a very powerful army not only in terms of military aspects but also regarding economical issues. Since the 70’s the Army is controlling some assets of the North Korean economy. My presentation will focus on the role of the Army in the North Korean economy. Based upon my knowledge and 5 years of research I will present during my presentation the role of the North Korean Army in the North Korean economy. First I will present the type of economics assets which are under the control of the Army. Then I will give an overview regarding the militaries who are probably at the head of some economical structures (what are their background, which kind of economical structures are they controlling,…). I will also present the military structures which are involved in the North Korean economy (the Korean People’s Army, the Ministry of People’s Security, Worker-Peasant Red Guards,…). The final point of the presentation will focus on the fact that the Party is trying to get the control of some military assets especially through the National Defense Commission (NDC): in this point I will present some NK party officials who are controlling the economical assets of the Army.

Speaker Biography

Nicolas Levi is a researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences and an analyst on Korean Issues at the Poland Asia Research Center ( Holding a PhD regarding the North-Korean leadership, his personal website ( focuses on North Korea issues.

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