September 17, 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.

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
In diplomacy with North Korea, Moon Jae-in dances alone
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In diplomacy with North Korea, Moon Jae-in dances alone

A Japanese diplomat’s vulgar metaphor pinpoints an awkward truth: South Korean diplomacy is painfully one-sided

In diplomacy with North Korea, Moon Jae-in dances alone
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 28, 2021
Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us
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Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us

No mention of Kims, coolness toward unification and revival of communism offer guideposts for next several years

Where is North Korea heading? Major political rule changes may tell us
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 24, 2021
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
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