Balance of Incentives: Why North Korea Interacts with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Pacific Affairs 88(1).

Pacific Affairs 88(1).

Here is my latest article publication building on my work on North Korea and the UNFCCC…

Habib, B. (2015) ‘Balance of Incentives: Why North Korea Interacts with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’. Pacific Affairs, 88(1): 75-97.

Abstract: This study is concerned with motivations driving North Korea’s interaction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, drawing on information from treaty-reporting documents, along with project reports compiled by international agencies and official statements released by the North Korean government. The article draws on causal inference to explore the hypothesis that the leadership perpetuation and state survival imperatives of the North Korean government represent the most likely explanation for North Korea’s interaction with the international climate change regime. It finds a strong probability that North Korea is utilizing the UNFCCC as a capacity-building vehicle across its agricultural and energy sectors, a weak possibility that North Korea’s climate change vulnerability is a compelling incentive for greenhouse gas mitigation, and a weak possibility that North Korea is using the Clean Development Mechanism under the UNFCCC as a means for generating foreign currency revenue. The paper argues that the balance of incentives underpinning these motivations can be linked to the leadership perpetuation and state survival imperatives of the North Korean government.

See Also…

Habib, B. (2014). ‘North Korea: an unlikely champion in the fight against climate change‘. The Guardian. 20 May 2014.

Habib, B. (2013) ‘DPRK Meets UNFCCC: An Introduction to North Korea’s Interactions with the International Climate Change Regime‘. International Review of Korean Studies, 10(1): 65-90.

Habib, B. (2013). ‘Why Does North Korea Engage with the International Climate Change Regime?‘. ANU Korea Update. 11 October 2013. Australian National University, Canberra.

Habib, B. (2013). ‘A Curious Case: North Korea and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’. Korean Studies Association of Australasia. 8th Biennial Conference. 27-28 June 2013. Australian National University, Canberra.

Habib, B. (2013). “North Korea’s surprising status in the international climate change regime.” East Asia Forum. 9 November 2013.

Habib, B. (2012). “North Korea, Climate Change and the Global Atmospheric Commons.” Sino:NK. 8 September 2012.

Habib, B. (2010) ‘Climate Change and Regime Perpetuation in the DPRK‘, Asian Survey 50(2): 378-401.

Habib, B. (2010) ‘State Failure in North Korea: The Role of Carrying Capacity and Organisational Complexity‘. Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Connected Globe, Conflicting Worlds, 27-29 September 2010. University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Habib, B (2008) ‘Climate Change and the Terminal Decay of the North Korean Regime‘, Oceanic Conference on International Studies, 1-4 July 2008, Brisbane, Australia.

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