February 21, 2024

Opinion

Opinion on the latest North Korea issues from analysts, academics and experts worldwide. Views expressed in Opinion articles are exclusively the authors’ own.

Book review: Jargon weighs down an impressive study of gender in North Korea

Book review: Jargon weighs down an impressive study of gender in North Korea

‘North Korea’s Mundane Revolution’ draws heavily on DPRK publications but ultimately has limited appeal beyond academia

Book review: Jargon weighs down an impressive study of gender in North Korea
Stephen Mercado
Stephen Mercado February 20, 2024
Kim Jong Un is daring Seoul to escalate. Both Koreas must step back from brink.

Kim Jong Un is daring Seoul to escalate. Both Koreas must step back from brink.

North Korea’s rejection of unification and warnings of war are responses to Seoul’s tough talk, raising risk of conflict

Kim Jong Un is daring Seoul to escalate. Both Koreas must step back from brink.
Chun In-bum
Chun In-bum January 19, 2024
North Korea is teaming up with China and Russia to violate human rights

North Korea is teaming up with China and Russia to violate human rights

Even as the US, ROK and Japan bolster cooperation, another trilateral alliance is conspiring to undermine global order

North Korea is teaming up with China and Russia to violate human rights
Eunju Kim
Eunju Kim January 18, 2024
South Korea must remain on guard against North Korean provocations in new year

South Korea must remain on guard against North Korean provocations in new year

Regime’s focus on weapons goals suggests it won’t lash out, but DPRK doesn’t shy away from conflict when in its interest

South Korea must remain on guard against North Korean provocations in new year
Chun In-bum
Chun In-bum December 29, 2023
Book review: A deep dive into the obscure world of North Korean animation

Book review: A deep dive into the obscure world of North Korean animation

In ‘The Complete Encyclopaedia of North Korean Anime,’ a Japanese IT worker explores seven decades of DPRK cartoons

Book review: A deep dive into the obscure world of North Korean animation
Stephen Mercado
Stephen Mercado December 26, 2023
China must stop sending back North Koreans against their will

China must stop sending back North Koreans against their will

Force repatriations have left defectors without refuge, but it’s not too late for Beijing to stand up for human rights

China must stop sending back North Koreans against their will
Min-yong Lee December 13, 2023
North and South Korea should abandon the chimera of reunification

North and South Korea should abandon the chimera of reunification

Tensions and nukes have made unification a pipe dream, and history shows shared culture does not require a single state

North and South Korea should abandon the chimera of reunification
Tomasz Wierzbowski
Tomasz Wierzbowski December 5, 2023
The US must not restation nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula

The US must not restation nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula

Deploying nukes in South Korea doesn’t help deter North Korea and would invite responses that undermine US-ROK alliance

The US must not restation nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula
Steve Tharp
Steve Tharp November 16, 2023
South Korea needs open discourse on North Korea — even when contentious

South Korea needs open discourse on North Korea — even when contentious

Efforts to criminalize non-official narratives stifle free debate essential to understand DPRK and threats it poses

South Korea needs open discourse on North Korea — even when contentious
Joseph Yi
Joseph Yi November 8, 2023
Film review: ‘Beyond Utopia’ vividly depicts North Koreans’ efforts to escape

Film review: ‘Beyond Utopia’ vividly depicts North Koreans’ efforts to escape

Documentary uses cell phone footage to provide rare look at life inside DPRK and the people suffering there

Film review: ‘Beyond Utopia’ vividly depicts North Koreans’ efforts to escape
Shreyas Reddy
Shreyas Reddy October 23, 2023
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