February 01, 2023

Columns

Columns on the latest North Korea issues from analysts, academics and renowned experts. Views expressed by our columnists are exclusively the authors’ own.

Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite
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Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite

Pyongyang regards most who study abroad as Manchurian candidates that are fundamentally disloyal to the Kims

Why North Korea mistrusts but depends on its foreign-educated elite
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 30, 2023
How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage
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How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage

DPRK schooling standards lag far behind South Korea, and money can be a major obstacle to academic success

How the ROK’s education obsession puts North Korean defectors at a disadvantage
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 20, 2023
In a conflict with North Korea, the South has much more to lose
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In a conflict with North Korea, the South has much more to lose

The DPRK cares little about dead soldiers, but there will be nationwide outrage in ROK if tensions turn to skirmishes

In a conflict with North Korea, the South has much more to lose
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 12, 2023
Remembering Nate Thayer, investigative journalist and former NK News member
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Remembering Nate Thayer, investigative journalist and former NK News member

He had a unique ability to uncover elusive information, doggedly pursuing stories about the DPRK to the bitter end

Remembering Nate Thayer, investigative journalist and former NK News member
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 6, 2023
Skepticism a must as rumors run wild about former North Korean foreign minister
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Skepticism a must as rumors run wild about former North Korean foreign minister

A Japanese outlet claims Ri Yong Ho was executed during long absence, but officials reported dead have reappeared before

Skepticism a must as rumors run wild about former North Korean foreign minister
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 4, 2023
North Korea’s economic reforms were a wild success. Just ask defectors.
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North Korea’s economic reforms were a wild success. Just ask defectors.

Regime’s aborted experiment with marketization increased food consumption, counter to pessimistic economic assessments

North Korea’s economic reforms were a wild success. Just ask defectors.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov January 4, 2023
Remembering the Chinese samaritans who helped North Korean defectors in need
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Remembering the Chinese samaritans who helped North Korean defectors in need

Some locals in China have gone out of their way to feed, shelter and protect DPRK refugees fleeing their homeland

Remembering the Chinese samaritans who helped North Korean defectors in need
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 26, 2022
A diplomat’s life: Christmas in North Korea has lots of lights but little cheer
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A diplomat’s life: Christmas in North Korea has lots of lights but little cheer

While foreigners can celebrate privately, Dec. 25 is just another cold winter’s day for the rest of the country

A diplomat’s life: Christmas in North Korea has lots of lights but little cheer
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby December 23, 2022
Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
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Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions

Textbooks depict Joseon-era Korea as a feudal society in need of revolution that nonetheless repelled foreign invaders

Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 16, 2022
Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are
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Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are

DPRK gives no space for disobedience, and even thinking the wrong thing may land entire families in concentration camps

Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 5, 2022
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