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June 20, 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.

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
Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society
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Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society

Public distribution of food and consumer goods entrenches North Korea’s rigid caste system even further

Why Pyongyang’s top elites still cling to visions of a post-money society
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov May 6, 2022
How women run the small business world inside North Korea
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How women run the small business world inside North Korea

Capitalist markets inside the country have propelled many women to be the primary breadwinners of their families

How women run the small business world inside North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 29, 2022
Denuclearization should not be a prerequisite for engagement with North Korea
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Denuclearization should not be a prerequisite for engagement with North Korea

The incoming government in Seoul may see clearly how the DPRK operates, but stated policies are useless – even dangerous

Denuclearization should not be a prerequisite for engagement with North Korea
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 27, 2022
Why North Korea’s markets will survive state crackdowns on private commerce
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Why North Korea’s markets will survive state crackdowns on private commerce

Marketplaces have persisted in DPRK despite extreme suspicion from the state, which tolerates them as a necessary evil

Why North Korea’s markets will survive state crackdowns on private commerce
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 20, 2022
How North Korea tried and failed to boost consumption of the other white meat
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How North Korea tried and failed to boost consumption of the other white meat

The regime heralded a future of ‘silk clothes’ and ‘meat soup’ through mass pig farms, a vision that never came to pass

How North Korea tried and failed to boost consumption of the other white meat
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 12, 2022
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