December 04, 2021

Analysis

Leading experts analyze recent events and affairs involving North Korea

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty

Stories of young men who met Kim Jong Un and found ‘new path’ in life aired in detail on state TV

North Korea opens up about ‘law-breaking’ youth in bid to inspire loyalty
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 18, 2021
North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan
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North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan

Biden could support greater military developments in South Korea in efforts to thwart China’s regional ambitions

North Korea has reasons to worry as US-China tensions rise over Taiwan
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 16, 2021
Decades later, still no clear solution in sight for Japanese abduction issue

Decades later, still no clear solution in sight for Japanese abduction issue

North Korea refuses to negotiate, and Tokyo unwilling to entertain the possibility some victims are no longer alive

Decades later, still no clear solution in sight for Japanese abduction issue
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi November 16, 2021
Russian trade with North Korea totals just $651 in Q3
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Russian trade with North Korea totals just $651 in Q3

Minute trade figures come amid COVID spike in the Russian Far East, new uncertainty surrounding potential trade restart

Russian trade with North Korea totals just $651 in Q3
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell November 15, 2021
Why North Korea won’t hold its ‘mass games’ spectacle this year

Why North Korea won’t hold its ‘mass games’ spectacle this year

Massive propaganda show's first year off since 2017 may be due to political or economic trouble

Why North Korea won’t hold its ‘mass games’ spectacle this year
Colin Zwirko
Colin Zwirko November 13, 2021
Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South

While aimed at discouraging defection, a pair of DPRK films counterproductively exaggerates South Korea’s wealth

Too good to be true: North Korean films that double as propaganda for the South
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko November 12, 2021
The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership

The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership

Joining the ruling WPK in North Korea is the surest, and in many cases only, path towards social mobility

The secret to success in North Korea? Workers’ Party membership
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov November 11, 2021
Cold hard cash? Currency coupons give North Korea options with money supply
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Cold hard cash? Currency coupons give North Korea options with money supply

Inability to print cash likely behind coupons, but they also provide a safeguard for post-pandemic currency devaluation

Cold hard cash? Currency coupons give North Korea options with money supply
Peter Ward
Peter Ward November 10, 2021
Why panic over Pyongyang’s missile shenanigans is unnecessary
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Why panic over Pyongyang’s missile shenanigans is unnecessary

North Korea's latest tests are insufficient to prove weapon reliability, and there are no signs of an impending attack

Why panic over Pyongyang’s missile shenanigans is unnecessary
Nah Liang Tuang
Nah Liang Tuang November 9, 2021
Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War
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Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War

Seoul is insistent, but Pyongyang and Washington are stuck on what comes first: denuclearization or sanctions relief

Despite the hype, North Korea and US won’t play ball on ending the Korean War
James Fretwell
James Fretwell November 8, 2021