December 02, 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.

Yoon Seok-youl’s rise doesn’t bode well for inter-Korean relations
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Yoon Seok-youl’s rise doesn’t bode well for inter-Korean relations

Conservative candidate will likely take harder line on North Korea if elected, risking confrontation and freeze in ties

Yoon Seok-youl’s rise doesn’t bode well for inter-Korean relations
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 19, 2021
The stop and go success of a North Korean entrepreneur
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The stop and go success of a North Korean entrepreneur

Even relatively successful people struggle to provide enough for their families in the DPRK

The stop and go success of a North Korean entrepreneur
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 22, 2021
North Korea’s perfectly logical strategy of missile launches and dialogue
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North Korea’s perfectly logical strategy of missile launches and dialogue

The DPRK wants sanctions relief from the US and a Democratic South Korean president and is working to see both outcomes

North Korea’s perfectly logical strategy of missile launches and dialogue
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov October 14, 2021
Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
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Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.

We should take the DPRK seriously. But Kim Jong Un is not about to invade the South — much less infiltrate or conquer it

Sleep easy, Seoul. The North Koreans aren’t taking over the peninsula.
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter September 22, 2021
Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
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Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs

DPRK loggers earned exorbitant salaries for decades, and many North Koreans still seek to strike it rich abroad

Siberian jackpot: When North Koreans paid bribes for Soviet logging jobs
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 3, 2021
When North Korea shined at the ‘Olympics of the Left’
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When North Korea shined at the ‘Olympics of the Left’

Before North Korean athletes ever participated in the Olympic games, they found success at GANEFO in Indonesia

When North Korea shined at the ‘Olympics of the Left’
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson September 3, 2021
North Korean sports fans revel in the highs and lows of competition
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North Korean sports fans revel in the highs and lows of competition

Love of athletics goes beyond national pride, with the country most passionate for the beautiful game

North Korean sports fans revel in the highs and lows of competition
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 20, 2021
How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders
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How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders

The recent exodus of diplomats from Pyongyang underlines the DPRK’s long-standing suspicions toward foreigners

How North Korea has limited, controlled and surveilled dangerous outsiders
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 5, 2021
How Kim Il Sung’s friendship with a king led North Korea to the World Cup
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How Kim Il Sung’s friendship with a king led North Korea to the World Cup

Cambodia hosted the preliminary match against Australia, setting the stage for the DPRK's iconic upset of Italy

How Kim Il Sung’s friendship with a king led North Korea to the World Cup
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 2, 2021
North Korea isn’t fretting about a long COVID-19 lockdown
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North Korea isn’t fretting about a long COVID-19 lockdown

Chinese aid will keep regime afloat as DPRK shows little interest in a quick return to pre-pandemic life

North Korea isn’t fretting about a long COVID-19 lockdown
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 30, 2021
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