August 16, 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 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
Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea
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Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea

How can Kim Jong Un trust Seoul to keep its promises when the president resets every five years?

Time is on their side: Thinking long-term about North Korea
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 1, 2021
Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
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Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation

Joe Biden unlikely to be convinced by Moon to reduce sanctions pressure on North Korea at upcoming summit

Moonshot: Why Moon won’t stop lobbying for inter-Korean cooperation
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 19, 2021
Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay
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Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay

U.S. policymakers are not ready to see things as they really are on the Korean Peninsula

Strategic patience with North Korea is likely here to stay
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 18, 2021
Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?
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Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?

South Korean foreign minister Chung Eui-yong had some harsh words for North Korea recently

Is South Korea finally losing its patience with the North?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter April 28, 2021
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