September 21, 2020


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

Kim Jong Un should be watching the Belarus uprising very closely

Belarusians are protesting against dictator Alexander Lukashenko, and it's unclear how Russia will intervene

Andrei Lankov August 20, 2020

Conspiracy or reality?: How Seoul possibly handled the blown-up liaison office

North Korea may have been appeased by quiet, backdoor deals made by South Korean officials, professor Andrei Lankov says

Andrei Lankov August 19, 2020

Kim’s construction project woes reflect his poor economic planning

The Supreme Leader is now scapegoating others for failing to meet his latest hospital project's unrealistic deadlines

Aidan Foster-Carter July 24, 2020

Brace yourselves: another season of summitry could be around the corner

Recent shifts in both South Korea and the U.S. suggest the political will for another high-level meeting with the North

Andrei Lankov July 13, 2020

Why the Singapore summit was an opportunity that may not present itself again

As John Bolton's memoirs reaffirm, President Trump came to the summit empty-handed only to engage in political theater

Andrei Lankov June 29, 2020

Dialling up the volume: what is the Kims’ game?

North Korean rhetoric is just like a guitar solo: full of sound and fury, yet ultimately dreary and self-indulgent

Aidan Foster-Carter June 29, 2020

Leaflets, schmeaflets: Pyongyang's bogus pretext for escalating tensions

North Korea's purported motive for recent provocations doesn't stand up to scrutiny

Aidan Foster-Carter June 26, 2020

Body politic: why Kim Jong Un's health still matters

Even if the North Korean leader rules for years, we must take the prospect of his vulnerability seriously

Edward Goldring June 26, 2020

Otto Warmbier's death: a reminder of North Korea's ongoing human rights abuses

Otto's passing three years ago poignantly reflects the oppression of the North Korean people today

Dennis P. Halpin June 22, 2020

Kim Yo Jong as North Korea's new "party center"? Not so fast

Claims that a secret succession process may be underway must be taken with a pinch of salt

Fyodor Tertitskiy June 19, 2020
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