September 28, 2021

Opinion

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

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital

A former diplomat in Pyongyang recounts the realities of shopping in the city and the propaganda purpose of many stores

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby September 27, 2021
Biden, along with Tokyo and Seoul, should propose liaison offices to Pyongyang
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Biden, along with Tokyo and Seoul, should propose liaison offices to Pyongyang

A trilateral offer would show the allies' will for diplomacy and mark a departure from previous US policy

Biden, along with Tokyo and Seoul, should propose liaison offices to Pyongyang
Thomas Schäfer
Thomas Schäfer September 22, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The uncertainty and tedium of lockdown in North Korea

A diplomat’s life: The uncertainty and tedium of lockdown in North Korea

A former diplomat in Pyongyang gives a first-person account of how authorities responded to the pandemic

A diplomat’s life: The uncertainty and tedium of lockdown in North Korea
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby September 20, 2021
When assessing North Korea’s missiles, keep a cool head

When assessing North Korea’s missiles, keep a cool head

DPRK leader Kim Jong Un won’t fire his new cruise and ballistic missiles at the US or its allies

When assessing North Korea’s missiles, keep a cool head
Dan DePetris
Dan DePetris September 17, 2021
Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea

Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea

DPRK beverages outshine their South Korean equivalents, and sharing a drink is a great way for tourists to meet locals

Bottoms up! The culture of drinking in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson September 10, 2021
What a path toward a deal with Pyongyang looks like

What a path toward a deal with Pyongyang looks like

Washington will be best served by proactive communication with key players in North Korea

What a path toward a deal with Pyongyang looks like
Benjamin Zimmer
Benjamin Zimmer September 8, 2021
A North Korean culinary odyssey: What it’s really like eating in Pyongyang

A North Korean culinary odyssey: What it’s really like eating in Pyongyang

Foreign travelers can dine at a surprising assortment of Korean and international restaurants in the capital city

A North Korean culinary odyssey: What it’s really like eating in Pyongyang
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 27, 2021
No thanks: Places you do not need to visit in Pyongyang

No thanks: Places you do not need to visit in Pyongyang

The DPRK is awash with attractions, but not all tourist sites are created equal

No thanks: Places you do not need to visit in Pyongyang
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 13, 2021
Homestays and adventure travel at far-flung North Korean destinations

Homestays and adventure travel at far-flung North Korean destinations

The DPRK has invested heavily in tourism outside Pyongyang as it seeks to entice travelers with new experiences

Homestays and adventure travel at far-flung North Korean destinations
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson August 6, 2021
North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago

North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago

Foreign influence, especially from South Korea, is a far more dangerous threat than sanctions or COVID-19

North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago
John Lee
John Lee August 3, 2021
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