December 10, 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.

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
How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea
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How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea

When state planning failed to deliver a steady supply of meat, Kim Il Sung handed the reins to private pig farmers

How the private market brought pork to the table in North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 23, 2022
The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town
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The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town

Move from countryside to career to housewife typifies apolitical path of majority that rarely questions DPRK society

The extraordinarily normal life of a North Korean woman from a rural town
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 3, 2022
Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime
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Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime

Malnutrition and poor healthcare may cause more deaths than statistics show, but mainly among elderly and poor

Why North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak won’t be a death sentence for Kim regime
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 23, 2022
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