[KS] Book launch: A statistical analysis of the North Korean overseas laborers in Poland during the period 2000-2017: Current Status and Prospects

levi nicolas nicolas_levi at yahoo.fr
Fri May 25 09:03:50 EDT 2018

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Challenges and difficulties of North Korean labour export is a topic widely covered by medias.
Therefore, We are pleased to inform you about the book launch entitled A statistical analysis of the North Korean overseas laborers in Poland during the period 2000-2017: Current Status and Prospects written by Nicolas Levi, an assistant professor at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. This book is the 7th of Nicolas Levi. Previous books were published in Polish. Below two reviews of this book related to the situation of North Korean laborers in Poland.
Review 1:
Nicolas Levi’s statistical study on NorthKorean migrant workers in Poland is extremely useful for scholars andpolicy-makers as it provides valuable information on the dynamics ofsocio-economic change in North Korea between 2000 and 2017. This study reflectsthe changes which North Korean economy underwent since July 2002, when marketliberalisation was announced by Pyongyang. The statistical method chosen by theauthor objectively confirms the qualitative and quantitative change of labourexport volume and composition after 2013, when the Byungjin (ParallelDevelopment) Line was adopted by North Korea. Nicolas Levi’s advice to thePolish government to implement and establish some “Migrant laborers’ assistancecentres” is very sensible and dwells on the experience of South Koreanorganisations, which successfully facilitated the export of South Korean labouroverseas since 1960s. The findings of this report demonstrate the greatdifficulties, which North Korean labour export is facing in Poland (andelsewhere) since the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution2371, which bans countries from importing additional North Korean laborers. Levi’sseminal work may be helpful for better understanding of the economic benefit ofhard-working and disciplines labour import from North Korea and even prompt therevocation of Polish government’s decision to repatriate all North Koreanlaborers by end of 2019.  
LeonidPetrov graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg StateUniversity in 1994, where he majored in Korean History and Language. In1994-1996, he worked as interpreter for the South Korean National Soccer Teamand participated in the 26th Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996-2002, LeonidPetrov worked on a doctoral thesis "Socio-economic School and theFormation of North Korean Official Historiography" at the AustralianNational University. Between 2003 and 2005, Dr. Petrov conducted post-doctoralresearch at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam and taught Korean Historyat the Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco. In 2006-2007, hewas Chair of Korean Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)in Paris. Between 2009 and 2012, Dr. Petrov taught Korean History and Languageat the University of Sydney. Currently, he teaches Cross-Cultural Management,Strategic Intelligence and other subjects at the International College ofManagement in Sydney (ICMS). Starting from 2007, Dr. Petrov has been involvedin a number of projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council.

Review 2: 

Author: Charles A. von Denkowski[1]


                                                                                                                       Berlin, April 19, 2018

The empiricalstudy on North Korean laborers in Poland by Nicolas Levi a landmark event for thesmall but growing empirical literature on Pyongyang’s illicit economicactivities. The authors collected data regarding North Korea’s laborers who hadworked in Poland between 2010 and 2017. In particular, their study has beenbased on reliable sources of raw data which the authors among other sources retrievedfrom Polish government agencies. The cornerstone of the raw data consists ofapplications for working permits and of the number of permits issued to NorthKoreans for laboring in Poland. Based on a statistical methodology, Levi analyzepatterns, characteristics and the modus operandi of some of the North Koreanstate entities which have been active in Poland. Moreover, they identify sometransit states and some supply chains of the labor. Additionally, the authorsfocus its spatial distribution within Poland by a space-geographical approachto understand the patterns of the labor. Their study also examines genderaspects in occupational distributions among the laborers and the role ofeconomic sanctions. In sum, the authors publish an essential empirical study onPyongyang’s export of labor. Due to its methodology’s quality Nicolas Levi publicationwill develop a strong impact on the research of Pyongyang’s illicit economicactivities. 

[1] Charles A. vonDenkowski holds a German public administration diploma (Bachelor Level, Facultyof Police Management, Hamburg University of Applied Public Management), aFrench Diplome d Universite de Troixieme Cycle (International Nuclear Law,Faculte de Droit, Universite de Montpellier/France) and a German M.A.(Criminology and Police Science, Faculty of Law, Ruhr-University Bochum/Germany).Currently, he is preparing the defense of his empirical and juridical criminologicaldoctoral thesis (Ph.D. in German law, Faculty of Law, Ruhr-UniversityBochum/Germany) that covers links between mankind crimes and the policing ofthe North Korean state security agency. Moreover, Charles A.  von Denkowski serves as a pro bono-advisor tothe South Korean Transitional JusticeWorking Group (2015), to the German NGO Saram– Für Menschen in Nordkorea (2017) and as a freelancer journalist for North Korea Reform Radio (2016). 

Publishing House contact: wydawnictwo.asiancentury at gmail.com

Contact with the author: nicolas_levi at yahoo.fr

Thanks you in advance
Nicolas LeviAssistant Professor - Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences

   ----- Message transmis ----- De : Robert Winstanley-Chesters <R.Winstanley-Chesters at leeds.ac.uk>À : koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com <koreanstudies at koreanstudies.com>Envoyé : mercredi 9 mai 2018 à 00:31:31 UTC+2Objet : [KS] Visit of Professor Gavan McCormack to the University of Leeds, 29th May, 2018
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We are pleased to invite you to the University of Leeds, School of History for a presentation and book launch by Emeritus Professor Gavan McCormack (Australian National University).

Date 29th May, 2018, 6pm-8pm

Location: Grant Room (3.11), Michael Sadler Building, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS29JT, United Kingdom

We are delighted to be welcoming Professor Gavan McCormack to the University of Leeds on the 29th of May, 2018 for his thoughts on recent matters on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere. Professor McCormack has been one of the foremost scholars of power and politics in East Asia for many decades now, producing a voluminous body of work on North Korea, Okinawa, Japan and Chinese borderland issues. Professor McCormack has also been a vital part of the output and infrastructure of the award winning online journal The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Along his thoughts current issues this event will serve as one of the launch events for the second edition ofResistant Islands: Okinawa Confronts Japan and the United States(https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781442215634/Resistant-Islands-Okinawa-Confronts-Japan-and-the-United-States-Second-Edition). Leeds and its surroundings are themselves something of a colonised island in the military-security nexus of our age, loomed over by the technologies of global surveillance represented by RAF Menwith Hill, a base of the US National Security Agency since 1966 featured frequently in the revelations from Edward Snowden, its radomes, satellite dishes and other complicated technologies long contested by local and national campaigns. The University of Leeds was also Gavan’s institutional home between 1971 and 1977 where he taught Chinese history in the wake of Owen Lattimore, so it will be something of a homecoming as well. Along with this event in Leeds, Gavan will also be launching another bookThe State of the Japanese State - Contested Identity, Direction, and Role, including a fearless critique of Abe’s ‘rampant state’ for Renaissance Books (http://www.renaissancebooks.co.uk/Catalogue/123-/The-State-of-the-Japanese-State-Contested-Identity-Direction-and-Role) at Daiwa House, London on the 5th of June. Professor McCormack’s recent work has had the rare honour of publication in all three primary East Asian languages. There can therefore be few scholars alive today better capable of unpicking the many historical, political and cultural threads of power and resistance in the East Asia of our present I invite all who are interested therefore to join our resistant island at the University of Leeds on the 29th of May, 2018.

For more information please contact:

Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (East Asian Studies), University of Leeds –r.winstanley-chesters at leeds.ac.uk 

For those interested in Professor McCormack’s work from a more political perspective we have arranged a meeting earlier on the 29th of May in a town nearby Leeds with activists engaged in countering or contesting military, security and colonising power in a wider sense. If you would like to attend this smaller and non-public event please contact Dr Robert Winstanley-Chesters directly.
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