When 'peace' with North Korea hurts people

When 'peace' with North Korea hurts people

This the second of a two-part opinion series. For part one, click here. As the WomenCross DMZ Peace Symposium continued, Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee spoke about how a handful o…

July 29th, 2015
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WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

Meaningful peace in Korea ultimately requires both freedom and justice. The WomenCross DMZ parade was a perfect demonstration of how peace treaty advocates disfigure both. The WomenCross DMZ approa…

July 24th, 2015
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How to do business in North Korea

How to do business in North Korea

North Korea regularly attracts media attention for its nuclear program, its foreign policy tactics and sometimes for the supposed impossibility of foreign investors doing decent business in the countr…

July 9th, 2015
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The other history controversy: China and the Korean War

The other history controversy: China and the Korean War

All eyes in Asia will turn toward Tokyo this August on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War. Asians especially will be eager to hear what Japanese Prime Minis…

July 8th, 2015
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The contradictory effects of South Korean military education

The contradictory effects of South Korean military education

Mandatory military service is seen as a rite of passage for young Korean males. With few exceptions, nearly half of the South Korean population undergoes military conscription. During military trainin…

July 2nd, 2015
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'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

A recently released film has raised controversy in South Korean society and political circles, though this may be expected considering its subject material. Northern Limit Line (NLL), named for t…

June 29th, 2015
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Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Besides the honor of being a writer for NK News, I’m also an avid reader. Every day I eagerly await the arrival in my inbox of a fresh NK News Pro Morning Briefing. Hard as I constantly scour the me…

June 25th, 2015
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Rock band in N. Korea: No Scorpions 'Wind of Change,' but interesting nonetheless

Rock band in N. Korea: No Scorpions 'Wind of Change,' but interesting nonetheless

Following news that Communist-era rock band Laibach will perform in North Korea for 'Victory Day' celebrations, Gregory Scarlatoiu – a former Eastern European citizen and Executive Director of …

June 11th, 2015
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Reform citizenship education in South Korea

Reform citizenship education in South Korea

South Korean culture plays a large role in North Korean defectors’ unsuccessful integration. Differences between North Korea and South Korea that have widened in recent decades have made it difficul…

June 11th, 2015
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Will North Korea make Obama’s trifecta? Don’t bet on it

Will North Korea make Obama’s trifecta? Don’t bet on it

Recent changes in foreign policy towards Cuba and Iran have naturally led to people wondering, and some urging, that there will be a similar shift in policy towards North Korea, with others opposed to…

June 9th, 2015
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Should North Korean speakers be given a public platform?

Should North Korean speakers be given a public platform?

I gather from a message from a former colleague in the Foreign Office that the DPRK ambassador to London and Aidan Foster-Carter are to debate on perspectives on the current situation on the Korean pe…

June 5th, 2015
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Most of North Korea’s victims will be forgotten

Most of North Korea’s victims will be forgotten

When people talk about the sufferings of victims of North Korean concentration camps, it is often assumed that after it is all over the victims’ names will be remembered and the atrocities of guards…

May 27th, 2015
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Did WomenCross benefit North Koreans? Yes and no

Did WomenCross benefit North Koreans? Yes and no

It could be many years before anyone is able to definitively conclude whether the 30 female participants in #womencrossdmz2015 accomplished anything at all, much less the “enormous triumph” that 8…

May 26th, 2015
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The (North Korean) Prince

The (North Korean) Prince

To His Royal Majesty, the Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, from the most humble and respectful High Representative of the International Machiavellian Society. We have followed Your Majesty’s progre…

May 11th, 2015
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Doing ‘the Dance’ with a nuclear North Korea

Doing ‘the Dance’ with a nuclear North Korea

Once the current focus on negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear weapons program ebbs, attention will inevitably turn once again to the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, as North Korea is form…

May 8th, 2015
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