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Luke Herman

Luke Herman is a regular writer at NK News and the Peterson Institute’s “Witness to Transformation” blog. He is a graduate of the UCSD School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). Follow him on Twitter (@luke_herman) or email him your comments at [email protected].  

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Kim Jong Un's August visits focus on sports and culture

Kim Jong Un's August visits focus on sports and culture

In this exclusive analysis, Luke Herman uses the “North Korea Leadership Tracker” to assess what has been going on inside North Korean political circles over the past month. *** Kim Jong Un’s …

September 9th, 2013
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Data shows changing priorities for North Korean leadership

Data shows changing priorities for North Korean leadership

In this exclusive analysis, Luke Herman uses the “North Korea Leadership Tracker” to assess what has been going on inside North Korean political circles over the past two months. *** Kim Jong Un…

August 8th, 2013
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Kim Jong Un's changing priorities: May visits in the DPRK

Kim Jong Un's changing priorities: May visits in the DPRK

Kim Jong Un’s May appearances broke away from recent precedent, and featured not only economic appearances, which he has been loath to make in recent months, but a few were also outside of Pyongyang…

June 5th, 2013
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Like (Grand) Father, Like Son?

Like (Grand) Father, Like Son?

While tensions appear to have subsided on the Korean Peninsula recently after a few months of threats and tests, the feeling that the situation is more dangerous now than ever remains. The scale of th…

May 31st, 2013
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What Is Going On in the North Korean Military?

What Is Going On in the North Korean Military?

In a post from last summer, we argued that the military is occupying a larger role within party and state institutions. The events of the last six months—from the satellite launch and nuclear tests…

May 20th, 2013
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Data shows Kim Jong Un's heavy military focus in Q1

Data shows Kim Jong Un's heavy military focus in Q1

In this exclusive analysis, Luke Herman uses the "North Korea Leadership Tracker" to assess what has been going on inside North Korean political circles over the past four months. Leadership data: Ma…

May 8th, 2013
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Sino-North Korean Trade at Record High Despite Beijing Criticism

Sino-North Korean Trade at Record High Despite Beijing Criticism

Following North Korea’s nuclear test this week, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement that the Chinese government “is firmly opposed” to the test and that “China al…

February 14th, 2013
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NK Leadership Chess: 2012 Year-in-Review

NK Leadership Chess: 2012 Year-in-Review

The year 2012 was a momentous one for the North Korean leadership, as power was successfully transferred from father to son for a second time in the country’s history. There were a number of major e…

January 7th, 2013
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North Korea Responds to South Korean Election

North Korea Responds to South Korean Election

North Korea has acknowledged the results of the South Korean election, saying tersely, "The Saenuri Party candidate was elected after a close race in the South's presidential election on Dec. 19, acco…

December 21st, 2012
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China's Got a New Face, But its NK Policy Is Still Full Of Wrinkles

China's Got a New Face, But its NK Policy Is Still Full Of Wrinkles

China's got a new face! Last Thursday morning, the next generation of Chinese leaders was introduced to the world with few, if any, surprises. Slightly newer old faces replaced even older ones, but C…

November 19th, 2012
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Brace Yourselves, The Kim Jong Un Badges Are Coming

Brace Yourselves, The Kim Jong Un Badges Are Coming

Is this what a Kim Jong Un loyalty badge might look like? According to a recent report from the Daily NK, sources in Pyongyang are saying that Kim Jong Un badges are being distributed to Ministry of S…

November 15th, 2012
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Get Ready For A Military First Mothers Day

Get Ready For A Military First Mothers Day

Mother’s Day.  Celebrated the world over, it gives all of us a day to reflect and thank the woman who brought us into this world. This Friday (November 16th), North Korea will become the newest cou…

November 13th, 2012
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