How Saigon's premier night spot ended up in North Korea

How Saigon's premier night spot ended up in North Korea

From the world’s first floating hotel, to one of Saigon’s premier nightspots in the 90s, the Hotel Haekumgang's quiet exterior near the scenic North Korean Mt. Kumgang tourism resort belies its co…

September 19th, 2014
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Will N. Korea eye new Chinese UAV?

Will N. Korea eye new Chinese UAV?

A simple, inflatable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recently made its debut at the 2014 Tianjin International UAV and Model Exposition August 29-31 in Tianjin, China. Called the SF-1 by its creator, Ch…

September 18th, 2014
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Is Kim Jong Un really 'gearing up for full scale war'?

Is Kim Jong Un really 'gearing up for full scale war'?

Is Kim Jong Un really "gearing up for full scale war"?  You might think so having read South Korea's  JoongAng Ilbo on Tuesday, basing its main claim on "a source well informed on North Korea". …

September 17th, 2014
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Can we engage North Korea with soft power?

Can we engage North Korea with soft power?

As articulated by Joseph Nye, soft power is the ability to achieve goals through attraction rather than by threat or coercion. Soft power exists when a dominant party possesses a sufficiently attracti…

September 17th, 2014
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Book review - Visual Politics and North Korea: Seeing is Believing

Book review - Visual Politics and North Korea: Seeing is Believing

Recently a stop motion slide show appeared on the Internet, depicting Pyongyang as a city bustling with activity. This visual experiment makes pair with an ambitious project, called a Crow's Eye on …

September 16th, 2014
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The An-2: N. Korea’s surprisingly capable Soviet-era biplane

The An-2: N. Korea’s surprisingly capable Soviet-era biplane

There has been much reporting on the poor state of the North Korean air force, particularly in terms of the condition of its aircraft fleet. This is mostly attributed to the age of their aircraft, mai…

September 16th, 2014
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Watching the defectors: speaking truth to power

Watching the defectors: speaking truth to power

As they used to say about London buses: You wait for ages, then two come along at once. Right now, here in the Disunited Kingdom, it’s a bit like that with North Korean defectors. It’s a ra…

September 15th, 2014
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Behind North Korea’s official economic numbers

Behind North Korea’s official economic numbers

One of the major problems every aspiring student of North Korea has to keep in mind is the dramatic shortage of the available information dealing with this country. In the information-saturated world …

September 15th, 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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Sanctioned North Korean shipping company still operating

Sanctioned North Korean shipping company still operating

The North Korean shipping company embroiled in a recent attempt to illicitly smuggle weapons through the Panama Canal appears to be operating normally in Chinese waters, according to an NK News analys…

September 12th, 2014
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South Korea emerging as major arms-producing country

South Korea emerging as major arms-producing country

The Republic of Korea (ROK) has experienced record growth in recent years in military production for domestic and export purposes. Recent sales of high value-added equipment, including aircraft and na…

September 12th, 2014
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Incheon’s idiocy just flags up more trouble

Incheon’s idiocy just flags up more trouble

Sometimes a piece of news comes in, and your heart sinks. Really sinks. This is such a time. Good news first. The 17th Asian Games (or Asiad) are set to kick off in the South Korean port city of In…

September 11th, 2014
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"DPRK-US Showdown" – a book review

"DPRK-US Showdown" – a book review

Kim Jun Hyok. DPRK-US Showdown.Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 2014 Should we read the latest English-language propaganda coming out of North Korea? One of the newest books from t…

September 11th, 2014
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Engagement and its geopolitical context

Engagement and its geopolitical context

This is the second in a two-part series on why the U.S. has not engaged with North Korea. The first can be found here.  Back in 2010 U.S. political scientist Mel Gurtov asked, in an article in the…

September 10th, 2014
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Inside North Korea's 2014 Rason Trade Fair

Inside North Korea's 2014 Rason Trade Fair

Amid warming relations between Pyongyang and Moscow, the Rason 4th International Trade Fair wrapped up in late August. Held in Rason, a north eastern DPRK special economic zone with easy links to …

September 10th, 2014
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