May 29, 2024

Columns

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

Party like it’s 1998: how South Korean tourism to Mount Kumgang got started
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Party like it’s 1998: how South Korean tourism to Mount Kumgang got started

The story of how South Korea's leading dissident and a chaebol tycoon launched the historic inter-Korean project

Party like it’s 1998: how South Korean tourism to Mount Kumgang got started
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter November 17, 2019
Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart
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Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart

A veteran North Korea watcher recalls two formative hikes he wrote about in the 1980s, on opposite sides of the DMZ

Two Korean mountain jaunts: near but worlds apart
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter October 31, 2019
Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang bombshell: what’s at stake
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Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang bombshell: what’s at stake

A lapsed tourist joint venture is suddenly a site of discord — here's how the North Korean leader put Seoul on the spot

Kim Jong Un’s Mount Kumgang bombshell: what’s at stake
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter October 28, 2019
“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?
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“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?

Unification has an economic upside, Moon says. But are his assumptions realistic?

“Peace Economics”: cure, or chimera?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter September 6, 2019
“Peace Economics”: is Moon Jae-in taking the peace?
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“Peace Economics”: is Moon Jae-in taking the peace?

The ROK President thinks the DPRK is a potential economic boon. He is not the first such optimist

“Peace Economics”: is Moon Jae-in taking the peace?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter September 3, 2019
Grist to Pyongyang’s mill: Tokyo’s trade war with Seoul
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Grist to Pyongyang’s mill: Tokyo’s trade war with Seoul

North Korea will seek to gain from the fallout created by the feuding allies

Grist to Pyongyang’s mill: Tokyo’s trade war with Seoul
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 24, 2019
Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan
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Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan

North Korea relishes its foes falling out. This time is epic, and ominous

Allies at odds: a new row roils South Korea and Japan
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 18, 2019
Peace in Korea? So last year
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Peace in Korea? So last year

2018’s diplomatic process has stalled, yet Trump and Moon are a duo in denial

Peace in Korea? So last year
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 11, 2019
Castles in the air: North Korea’s delusional economic “strategy”
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Castles in the air: North Korea’s delusional economic “strategy”

Juche science, halting reform, and investment from – Russia? You jest

Castles in the air: North Korea’s delusional economic “strategy”
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter May 17, 2019
Why North Korea’s cold-shouldering the South is unfair – and unwise
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Why North Korea’s cold-shouldering the South is unfair – and unwise

Kim Jong Un will likely regret biting the hand that fed, and led

Why North Korea’s cold-shouldering the South is unfair – and unwise
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter April 24, 2019
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