February 25, 2024
Analysis

What dwindling populations mean for the Korean Peninsula

As its conventional military shrinks, the North may show a dangerous reliance on nuclear weapons

It is well documented that South Korea is headed for a population decline which, coupled with an aging population, is expected to detrimentally effect its economy and military.

But North Korea’s population is also facing a slide which, while not as precipitous, should exacerbate economic difficulties, undermine its current military strategy – based on sheer volume of conscripted personnel – and potentially make it more desperate.