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Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young is a Ph.D student in East Asian history at George Washington University. He focuses his research on modern Korea, Cold War international history and Marxism in the Third World. He has studied the Korean language intensively at universities in South Korea, the Yanbian region of China and in the United States.

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North Korea’s unlikely alliance with German environmentalists

North Korea’s unlikely alliance with German environmentalists

Travelers to North Korea routinely praise the clean streets of Pyongyang and the lack of pollution compared to its neighbor, China. While North Korea today suffers from its own environmental issues, K…

June 12th, 2015
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North Korean diplomats and the illegal ivory trade

North Korean diplomats and the illegal ivory trade

During the Cold War, Africa occupied a unique place in the North Korean consciousness, as it was a battleground with South Korea for votes in the United Nations, followers of its Juche ideology, and t…

October 28th, 2014
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Funding a DPRK diplomatic deficit: Cigarettes, alcohol and hashish

Funding a DPRK diplomatic deficit: Cigarettes, alcohol and hashish

In 1975, Japan’s External Trade Organization (JETRO), conducted a study that found North Korea with a $600 million trade deficit to Western countries. It paved the way for North Korea to become the …

September 12th, 2014
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North Korea's 42 ton black-market alcohol imports in Pakistan

North Korea's 42 ton black-market alcohol imports in Pakistan

Due largely to inadequate government funding, North Korean diplomats posted abroad have long resorted to “creative” solutions to generate their operating budgets. The North Korean government set u…

September 5th, 2014
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How North Korea has been arming Palestinian militants for decades

How North Korea has been arming Palestinian militants for decades

Pyongyang has fewer foreign embassies than many other capitals, but the DPRK’s showcase city is home to one that even Washington lacks: Palestine. Since the early 1960s, North Korea has staunchly…

June 25th, 2014
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Kim Jong Il’s unlikely Maltese mentor & a secret military agreement

Kim Jong Il’s unlikely Maltese mentor & a secret military agreement

When Kim Jong Un came to power in 2011, many observers focused on his schooling in Switzerland as a hopeful sign that he would reform North Korea and establish better relations with the West. This h…

June 11th, 2014
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Why is North Korea called the DPRK?

Why is North Korea called the DPRK?

North Koreans dislike when outsiders refer to their country as "North Korea." They prefer the official title, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it represents Pyongyang as the t…

February 7th, 2014
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New ski resort echoes North Korea’s ’88 Olympics bid

New ski resort echoes North Korea’s ’88 Olympics bid

The North’s new Masik Pass ski resort is not just for propaganda: It’s also meant to catch the eye of the International Olympic Committee, and is part of a bid to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics …

February 4th, 2014
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Author: U.S. dealt with hawkish S. Koreans in Pueblo affair

Author: U.S. dealt with hawkish S. Koreans in Pueblo affair

In January 1968, the North Korean navy captured the USS Pueblo, starting an 11-month ordeal in which the crew were imprisoned while the U.S. government negotiated their release and worked to prevent f…

January 17th, 2014
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Christmas and New Year’s in North Korea

Christmas and New Year’s in North Korea

As an atheist country North Korea does not celebrate Christmas, though many of its citizens are aware of the holiday. New Year’s is a different story. Like their Southern brethren, North Koreans …

December 31st, 2013
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North Korea: Opponents of Apartheid

North Korea: Opponents of Apartheid

While Cuba is receiving ample headlines for its role in helping to defeat apartheid, North Korea’s role in the anti-apartheid movement is lesser known. From training guerilla fighters to denouncing …

December 16th, 2013
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Meet the man who saved Kim Il Sung’s life

Meet the man who saved Kim Il Sung’s life

On March 1, 1946, a mass rally was held in Pyongyang, with Kim Il Sung present. During the rally, a member of a South Korean government-backed terrorist group – known as the White Shirt Society – …

December 12th, 2013
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