The significance of cultural awareness directly relates to “knowing one’s enemy”. In today’s world Coalition Forces conduct operations that are intricately complex due to the dynamics of the enemies we face. This creates a diverse operational environment that forces commanders to think creatively when developing operational strategy. The Operational Environment is constantly changing due to opposing forces intermingling with the civilian population. It is often difficult to distinguish the enemy from the non-combatant during an operational conflict. Furthermore, it is nearly impossible to determine exactly were alliances truly lie between the local nationals and Coalition Forces.
Culture is difficult to define, but is often characterized by religious beliefs, food, entertainment, language, and heritage. This paper will help the reader gain an understanding of the North Korean culture and will begin with Korea’s history. The Korean peninsula’s struggle for independence and reunification during a turbulent history detailed throughout the paper.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a country that is misunderstood and many countries have talked about it for centuries. The majority of the globe knows the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as North Korea. The country of North Korea is isolated and cut off from neighboring countries. North Korea’s leaders are paranoid and have several ideological differences, which separate them from other countries. North Korea has developed nuclear weapons and has acquired several since 2006. The Korean peninsula has split for almost seven decades. The North Korean portion has adopted Stalinism as the preferred method of governing. The Kim family currently rules the country through fear.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a communist country and is under the control of Kim Jong-Un. Kim Jong Un is the Chairman of the National Defense Commission. Kim Yong Nam is The President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium. The Supreme People's Assembly has 687 seats and is the equivalent to The United States of America’s legislative branch. The Supreme People's Assembly members belong to the Korean Workers' Party. The judicial branch of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea includes a Central Court, local, county, regional and military courts. At age 17, citizens are entitled to vote for the Korean Workers' Party. As of 2009, there are approximately 22.7 million citizens living in North Korea. North Koreans primarily reside in urban centers, which account for 63% of the population. The majority of the population is Korean, but a small amount of the population consists of Chinese and Japanese citizens. Korea has its own written language and alphabet known as “hangul”. The North Korean government continues efforts to remove words borrowed from other languages from their dictionary. In contrast, South Koreans have assimilated words from the American culture. Although the North and South...