October 05, 2022

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 new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place
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North Korea’s new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place

US will find it harder to sell arms control to the public after DPRK says it will never give up its nukes

North Korea’s new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 23, 2022
Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
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Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere

Evolving North Korean threats are pushing Seoul to cross nuclear threshold, though this would invite punitive responses

Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 8, 2022
Lifting ban on North Korean media can only help the South Korean government
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Lifting ban on North Korean media can only help the South Korean government

No other group inflicts as much damage on the DPRK's image as its own propagandists

Lifting ban on North Korean media can only help the South Korean government
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov September 1, 2022
How North Korea’s bizarre propaganda could outlive the Kim dynasty
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How North Korea’s bizarre propaganda could outlive the Kim dynasty

Example of post-Soviet states suggests DPRK’s mythology may not disappear even after unification or regime collapse

How North Korea’s bizarre propaganda could outlive the Kim dynasty
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 23, 2022
By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry
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By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry

Recognizing pseudo-states marks radical shift for North Korea, but cuddling up to Moscow could make peninsula safer

By backing Russia in Donbas, Kim Jong Un trades self-reliance for puppetry
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter August 18, 2022
How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything
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How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything

Children in DPRK learn that treasonous southerners collaborating with a foreign power led to division a millennia ago

How North Korea’s warped history puts Pyongyang at the center of everything
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 1, 2022
At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before
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At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before

Relics of inter-Korean rapprochement at Joint Security Area also provide stark reminder of failure of peace efforts

At Panmunjom, North Korea looks more paranoid and isolated than ever before
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll July 27, 2022
How North Korean police corruption became essential to the growth of markets
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How North Korean police corruption became essential to the growth of markets

Businesspeople pay bribes to police in order to create the space necessary for them to buy, sell and trade their wares

How North Korean police corruption became essential to the growth of markets
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 21, 2022
How North Korea turned a civil war conflict into anti-US propaganda
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How North Korea turned a civil war conflict into anti-US propaganda

North Korea revived a major anti-American holiday last month, spotlighting a gruesome episode from the Korean War

How North Korea turned a civil war conflict into anti-US propaganda
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 8, 2022
How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it
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How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it

The much larger ROK is too unwieldy to absorb, but DPRK could still exact monetary tribute and exert political power

How North Korea could control the South without ever conquering it
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 4, 2022
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