Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Jeff Keuss
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Katya Drozdova
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Zhiguo Ye
DPRK, USSR, Kim Il-Sung, Stalin, Juche, North Korea
The purpose of this thesis is to show a correlation between change in Soviet-Russian leadership and the actions reflecting variance in Russia’s strategic influence in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 1946-1999. As part of applying the strategic perspective in this analysis, an argument for the rationality of the Kim regime is included. The analysis is approached using a structured, focused comparison with process-tracing to expose within-case variance.
A direct, measurable relationship between the change in Russian leadership and variance in Russia’s strategic influence in the DPRK is found as a result of this analysis. Because this finding is timeless and applicable outside the scope of this research, it can be applied to present-day political situations concerning Russian leadership and Russian strategic interests. Furthermore, this finding also supports the strategic perspective and can thus be used in the formulation of the West’s foreign policy towards the DPRK.
Wendt, Emma, "The Long-Term Strategic Influence of Russia in the DPRK from 1946-1999: an Evolution with Leadership" (2016). Honors Projects. 41.