May 22, 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.

Conspicuous cooperation: Why Shoigu made a show of buying arms from North Korea
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Conspicuous cooperation: Why Shoigu made a show of buying arms from North Korea

Russia could have discussed weapons sales discreetly, but it chose ostentation to send a political message

Conspicuous cooperation: Why Shoigu made a show of buying arms from North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov August 1, 2023
Kim Yo Jong is barking at the US, but North Korea probably won’t bite
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Kim Yo Jong is barking at the US, but North Korea probably won’t bite

Flurry of statements is likely an attempt at verbal deterrence, not a harbinger of violence or signal DPRK seeks talks

Kim Yo Jong is barking at the US, but North Korea probably won’t bite
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 20, 2023
Shocked Soviets: What embassy records reveal about North Korean market activity
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Shocked Soviets: What embassy records reveal about North Korean market activity

Declassified archives show DPRK was a tough place to live even during era now remembered for stability

Shocked Soviets: What embassy records reveal about North Korean market activity
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov July 5, 2023
North Korea’s satellite launch showcases the growing risks of status quo
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North Korea’s satellite launch showcases the growing risks of status quo

Condemning DPRK and issuing new sanctions do little to deter it from launches, raising need for new approaches

North Korea’s satellite launch showcases the growing risks of status quo
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll June 8, 2023
In Washington, worries of ROK nukes steal spotlight from North Korean missiles
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In Washington, worries of ROK nukes steal spotlight from North Korean missiles

US capital has shifted focus to trilateral pacts with Tokyo, info dissemination into DPRK — and China above all

In Washington, worries of ROK nukes steal spotlight from North Korean missiles
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 5, 2023
Dandong dispatch: How COVID has reshaped the North Korea border region
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Dandong dispatch: How COVID has reshaped the North Korea border region

Orwellian controls have made Chinese border provinces a less welcoming place for outsiders — especially DPRK defectors

Dandong dispatch: How COVID has reshaped the North Korea border region
J.R. Kim May 15, 2023
North Korea rails against markets. But its policies show it can live with them.
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North Korea rails against markets. But its policies show it can live with them.

DPRK authorities did little to curtail flourishing seafood trade for years, only to reverse course during the pandemic

North Korea rails against markets. But its policies show it can live with them.
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 12, 2023
How foreigners laid the groundwork for North Korea’s market revolution
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How foreigners laid the groundwork for North Korea’s market revolution

Early DPRK entrepreneurs leveraged connections in Japan and China, undercutting regime’s narratives of self-sufficiency

How foreigners laid the groundwork for North Korea’s market revolution
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 1, 2023
The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
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The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders

Complex rules govern the display of images of the Kim family, which are treated like holy icons in a state religion

The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 25, 2023
North Korea takes step closer to dream of conquering South with solid-fuel ICBM
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North Korea takes step closer to dream of conquering South with solid-fuel ICBM

DPRK seeks to keep US from intervening in conflict, a strategy pushing ROK toward developing its own nuclear deterrent

North Korea takes step closer to dream of conquering South with solid-fuel ICBM
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 20, 2023
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