Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Ph.D. Student

East Asia


M.A., Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (2015)
B.A.,, Stockholm University (2012)

Research Interests

I am interested in the evolution of political control in North Korea, and particularly the role of institutions such as the inminban (neighborhood units) and self-criticism sessions and the like, after the Korean War. I am also interested in exploring the role of economic incentives in political control.

Courses Taught

Communism in Practice: China and the USSR (teaching assistant)

Selected Publications

Katzeff Silberstein, Benjamin (2015), Growth and Geography of Markets in North Korea: New Evidence
From Satellite Imagery. Report published by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

_________________________ (2014), “Political Force of the Cereal: How Dependent are North Korean’s
on the State?”. Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (Fall 2014).

_________________________ (2014), “Book Review: ‘North Korea’s Juche’ by Jae-Jung Suh (Ed)”,
North Korean Review, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 99–105 (refers to book review section).

_________________________ (2010), “North Korea: Fading Totalitarianism in the ‘Hermit Kingdom’”.
North Korean Review, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 40 – 54.


Non-resident Kelly Fellow, Pacific Forum CSIS
Fellow, Stockholm Free World Forum
East Asia Contributor, IHS Global Risk and IHS Jane's Intelligence Review
Columnist, Göteborgs Posten