October 02, 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.

Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning
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Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning

The Supreme Leader is now scapegoating others for failing to meet his latest hospital project's unrealistic deadlines

Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter July 24, 2020
Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?
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Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?

North Korean rhetoric is just like a guitar solo: full of sound and fury, yet ultimately dreary and self-indulgent

Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 29, 2020
Leaflets, schmeaflets: Pyongyang’s bogus pretext for escalating tensions
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Leaflets, schmeaflets: Pyongyang’s bogus pretext for escalating tensions

North Korea's purported motive for recent provocations doesn't stand up to scrutiny

Leaflets, schmeaflets: Pyongyang’s bogus pretext for escalating tensions
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 26, 2020
“Human scum, mongrel dog”: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong talks dirty
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“Human scum, mongrel dog”: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong talks dirty

Was the First Sister’s puzzling outburst over leaflet launches really worth trashing her burgeoning global brand for?

“Human scum, mongrel dog”: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong talks dirty
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 5, 2020
Puppetry of the peninsula: the two Koreas and the pursuit of freedom
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Puppetry of the peninsula: the two Koreas and the pursuit of freedom

The use and abuse of the "puppet" insult in Korea flags up real issues. In a perilous world, what’s a small state to do?

Puppetry of the peninsula: the two Koreas and the pursuit of freedom
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter May 29, 2020
Why Kim Jong Un’s health is a very big deal
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Why Kim Jong Un’s health is a very big deal

The latest flurry of speculation highlights a very real, but too often neglected, aspect of North Korea risk

Why Kim Jong Un’s health is a very big deal
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter April 21, 2020
In her own write: Kim Yo Jong makes her mark
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In her own write: Kim Yo Jong makes her mark

Kim Jong Un’s sister is now issuing her own commentaries in DPRK media. Is she being groomed as a potential successor?

In her own write: Kim Yo Jong makes her mark
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter March 31, 2020
What to expect next at Mount Kumgang after the coronavirus delay
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What to expect next at Mount Kumgang after the coronavirus delay

The Wuhan virus outbreak has only postponed demolition - it remains to be seen what Seoul can salvage from the dispute

What to expect next at Mount Kumgang after the coronavirus delay
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter February 7, 2020
The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show
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The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show

Pyongyang’s rebuff sounds almost polite, for a change. What’s going on?

The Chairman regrets: parsing Kim Jong Un’s Busan no-show
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter November 22, 2019
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
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