June 20, 2021

Columns

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

North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top
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North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top

New first secretary position is likely preparation for death or long-term incapacitation of Kim Jong Un

North Korea’s ruling party rule revisions presage trouble at the top
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 16, 2021
Unhappy anniversary: Recalling the June 2000 inter-Korean summit
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Unhappy anniversary: Recalling the June 2000 inter-Korean summit

21 years ago, the two Koreas made history — or so it seemed. What went wrong?

Unhappy anniversary: Recalling the June 2000 inter-Korean summit
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 15, 2021
Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea
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Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea

How can Kim Jong Un trust Seoul to keep its promises when the president resets every five years?

Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 1, 2021
Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
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Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation

Joe Biden unlikely to be convinced by Moon to reduce sanctions pressure on North Korea at upcoming summit

Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 19, 2021
Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay
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Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay

U.S. policymakers are not ready to see things as they really are on the Korean Peninsula

Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 18, 2021
Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?
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Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?

South Korean foreign minister Chung Eui-yong had some harsh words for North Korea recently

Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter April 28, 2021
North Korea isn’t happy about South Korea’s conservative resurgence
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North Korea isn’t happy about South Korea’s conservative resurgence

Kim Jong Un would much rather work with the current liberal, pro-engagement Blue House than the rising alternative

North Korea isn’t happy about South Korea’s conservative resurgence
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 15, 2021
Kim Jong Un must beware the tried, tested and failed ways of North Korea’s past
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Kim Jong Un must beware the tried, tested and failed ways of North Korea’s past

The North Korean leader, who may go back to the Kim Il Sung-era farming system, appears not to have learned from history

Kim Jong Un must beware the tried, tested and failed ways of North Korea’s past
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 9, 2021
The world may lose its chance to bombard North Korea with information warfare
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The world may lose its chance to bombard North Korea with information warfare

North Korea’s borders are not as porous to outside media as they used to be, and crackdowns appear to be underway

The world may lose its chance to bombard North Korea with information warfare
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 8, 2021
North Korea’s increasing reliance on China is a dangerous move for Kim Jong Un
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North Korea’s increasing reliance on China is a dangerous move for Kim Jong Un

Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il skilfully balanced themselves between rival powers, but Kim Jong Un now leans on just one

North Korea’s increasing reliance on China is a dangerous move for Kim Jong Un
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter March 1, 2021
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