February 01, 2023

Opinion

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

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea

Propaganda predominates at Pyongyang’s foreign language bookstore, but some works offer a revealing look at the country

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson January 24, 2023
By his own measures, Biden’s North Korea policy has been a failure

By his own measures, Biden’s North Korea policy has been a failure

Denuclearization remains as far off as ever, and the US must take de-escalatory steps if it hopes to change this

By his own measures, Biden’s North Korea policy has been a failure
Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore January 16, 2023
Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korean roommates who spied on foreign students

Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korean roommates who spied on foreign students

It was an open secret that local students wrote reports on us, but some took their mission more seriously than others

Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korean roommates who spied on foreign students
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley January 10, 2023
Seoul risks losing moral high ground with tit-for-tat retaliation to North Korea

Seoul risks losing moral high ground with tit-for-tat retaliation to North Korea

Rules of engagement allow for self-defense but not revenge, and knowing difference is key for international support

Seoul risks losing moral high ground with tit-for-tat retaliation to North Korea
Chun In-bum
Chun In-bum January 6, 2023
What China’s reopening means for North Korea’s shuttered tourism industry

What China’s reopening means for North Korea’s shuttered tourism industry

Pyongyang likely waiting to see how situation unfolds next door before making a decision on its own border controls

What China’s reopening means for North Korea’s shuttered tourism industry
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson January 5, 2023
To avoid the worst, US must abandon pretense of North Korean denuclearization

To avoid the worst, US must abandon pretense of North Korean denuclearization

Sanctions will never convince Kim Jong Un to give up his nukes, making diplomacy the only option to secure stability

To avoid the worst, US must abandon pretense of North Korean denuclearization
Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow December 29, 2022
Pyongyang Chronicles: Why North Korean scholars love Shakespeare but hate Freud

Pyongyang Chronicles: Why North Korean scholars love Shakespeare but hate Freud

Professors at the DPRK’s top university are passionate and curious but face considerable obstacles in their work

Pyongyang Chronicles: Why North Korean scholars love Shakespeare but hate Freud
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley December 21, 2022
How Kim Jong Il’s death threw the North Korea tourism industry into flux

How Kim Jong Il’s death threw the North Korea tourism industry into flux

Even local guides didn’t seem to know what would happen as the country mourned leader’s passing 11 years ago this month

How Kim Jong Il’s death threw the North Korea tourism industry into flux
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson December 21, 2022
US policy toward North Korea has not failed

US policy toward North Korea has not failed

Denuclearizing the DPRK is secondary to the greater goal of preserving South Korea’s democracy and economy

US policy toward North Korea has not failed
Rob York
Rob York December 14, 2022
Book review: Can a single man bring down the North Korean state?

Book review: Can a single man bring down the North Korean state?

Bradley Hope’s ‘The Rebel and the Kingdom’ paints a complex picture of the Madrid raid and the architects behind it

Book review: Can a single man bring down the North Korean state?
David Tizzard
David Tizzard December 2, 2022
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