The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

The two Koreas, coming to terms with Russian assistance

Summer 2014 witnessed new examples of deepening Russian involvement into North Korea and her increased efforts to help improve North-South relations. Obviously the “Russian card” is approved at th…

July 23rd, 2014
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Welcome to the NK News podcast

Welcome to the NK News podcast

From mobile phones and mesh networking to talking propaganda butterflies, the recently launched NK News podcast is exploring a wide range of subjects dealing with North Korea and the forces shaping it…

July 23rd, 2014
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Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

Why despite recent arrests, there are few risks in traveling to North Korea

The recent arrest and expected trial of two American tourists – Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Fowle – has once again raised much fear among the few Americans, and broadly speaking Westerners, wh…

July 21st, 2014
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Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

Mongolia’s tango with Pyongyang

On May 23 Mongolia provided North Korea and the United States neutral ground in its capital for track 1.5 meetings. Presumably, North Korea’s chief nuclear envoy met with two former U.S. State Depar…

July 16th, 2014
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Pictures at an exhibition: We need more cultural exchange with the DPRK

Pictures at an exhibition: We need more cultural exchange with the DPRK

Since Britain established diplomatic relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) in December 2000, the number of substantive exchanges between the two countries has been s…

July 11th, 2014
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Arms and the man: The importance of being Jon Pyong Ho

Arms and the man: The importance of being Jon Pyong Ho

Look at that face. Hewn from the living rock, wouldn’t you say? A face that has seen much, but not said too much. Keep your own counsel: That’s how you live to be 88 in North Korea. Jon Pyong H…

July 10th, 2014
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Reflections on missed opportunities of Kim Il Sung’s death

Reflections on missed opportunities of Kim Il Sung’s death

Twenty years ago, on July 8, 1994, Kim Il Sung suddenly died – 17 days before what would have been the first inter-Korean summit. The weeks leading up to Kim’s death – even his funeral itself …

July 7th, 2014
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When two triangles fall apart: The new Korean geopolitics

When two triangles fall apart: The new Korean geopolitics

As I write, North Korea and Japan – two states that could hardly hate each other more – are talking in Beijing. This week China’s president will meet his best Korean friend – in Seoul, not Pyo…

July 2nd, 2014
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Track II negotiations and North Korea's nuclear program: Are they effective?

Track II negotiations and North Korea's nuclear program: Are they effective?

Even during long periods in which North Korean and U.S. have had little contact, it would be inaccurate to say that North Koreans and Americans are not talking about the North’s nuclear program. …

June 25th, 2014
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Russia’s view of the ROK-Eurasian vision

Russia’s view of the ROK-Eurasian vision

On June 13, KAIS International School convened the Conference on the Eurasian Initiative of the Republic of Korea, which showed an unprecedented level of discussion on Eurasian projects that, among ot…

June 23rd, 2014
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The transformation of the nuclear weapons calculus

The transformation of the nuclear weapons calculus

The Byungjin policy has come under a lot of criticism and even ridicule from the West since it was proclaimed at the Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea on March …

June 19th, 2014
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Why North Korea may not have just developed a cruise missile

Why North Korea may not have just developed a cruise missile

Has North Korea just entered "the cruise missile business"? Reading Jeffrey Lewis at 38 North on Tuesday, you might be persuaded to think so. Citing a few frames of low-resolution footage inject…

June 17th, 2014
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How I became a Koreanist

How I became a Koreanist

How did I end up in North Korea and, broadly speaking, how did I end up doing North Korean studies? This is a question that the present author has been asked many times. Perhaps it is best to answer t…

June 12th, 2014
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The deal with Japan and the risks of honesty

The deal with Japan and the risks of honesty

The agreement recently forged in Stockholm by Japanese and North Korean representatives again attracted much attention to the long-standing issue of Japanese abductees in North Korea. The North Korean…

June 9th, 2014
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Calculated ambiguity and the DPRK’s nuclear capability

Calculated ambiguity and the DPRK’s nuclear capability

Since the dawn of the nuclear age, calculated ambiguity has been a feature of national nuclear postures. North Korea’s recent discussion of its plans to test a nuclear weapon is proving that it is n…

June 9th, 2014
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