Korea Business Central Releases Exclusive Interview with Marcus Noland and the Negative Impact of Recent North Korea Economic Reforms

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Korea Business Central’s ongoing interview series looks to Marcus Noland, author and noted scholar, for insights in recent events in North Korea.

Korea Business Central (http://www.KoreaBusinessCentral.com), the premiere Korean business and networking site’s ongoing interview series looks to Marcus Noland, author and noted scholar, for insights in recent events in North Korea.

Marcus Noland is an economist working at the interstice of economics, political science, and international relations. His book, Avoiding the Apocalypse; the Future of the Two Koreas, won the prestigious Ohira Memorial Prize. He also co-authored Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform with Stephan Haggard.

In this interview, Noland discusses recent economic events in North Korea, including last year’s currency reform, as well as scenarios for the future. Noland explains how China and South Korea have undercut US efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons in the North and indicates that unification of the Korean peninsula is not inevitable, even after the Communist regime falls.

As for North Korea's economic plight Noland notes, “It’s a terrible thing. North Korea is in a very good neighborhood. North Korea ought to be a wealthy country...It borders South Korea which is, arguably, the premier development success story of the post-war period and it’s only a short ocean transport distance away from Japan – the world’s second largest economy or third, depending on how you count”.

The interview and community discussion are available at http://www.koreabusinesscentral.com/forum/topics/korea-business-central-1.

About Korea Business Central
Korea Business Central is the premiere Korean business and networking site. Wholly owned by Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. and partnered with Bridging Culture Worldwide, Korea Business Central is a free community where members can learn, discuss and network about Korean business, with affiliated offices in Ansan, Korea; Dallas, TX and Carlsbad, CA.

About Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc (http://www.koreanconsulting.com)
For nearly a decade, Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. has been helping clients overcome the formidable obstacles in Korean work, enabling them to achieve their goals. The company's two main business areas include Korean translation services and Korean business consulting.

About Bridging Culture Worldwide (http://www.bridgingculture.com)
Bridging Culture Worldwide is a global firm that offers training programs and consulting to help management and employees appreciate and understand Korean culture and business. BCW programs focus on optimizing communication within organizations across North America, South Korea, and globally.

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