June 02, 2020

Opinion

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

"Kingdom of discrimination": North Korea's long interest in U.S. race relations

The DPRK has for decades served as a notable, but deeply insincere, supporter of African American struggle

Benjamin R. Young June 2, 2020

Show me the money: Pyongyang's reluctance to accept Seoul's olive branch

The North scoffs at mere symbolic exchange, but the South risks angering the U.S. by pursuing anything more substantial

Andrei Lankov June 1, 2020

Puppetry of the peninsula: the two Koreas and the pursuit of freedom

The use and abuse of the "puppet" insult in Korea flags up real issues. In a perilous world, what’s a small state to do?

Aidan Foster-Carter May 29, 2020

Why supporting de facto Chinese rule of North Korea would be a huge mistake

Allowing heavy Beijing intervention would exacerbate rather than resolve underlying tensions on the Korean peninsula

Wang Son-taek May 28, 2020

How sensationalizing Kim Jong Un clouds the real reason he can maintain his rule

Focus on the North Korean leader as a person detracts from the structures that keep the Kim family in power

Benjamin R. Young May 27, 2020

Why promises of a "great economy" won't induce North Korea's denuclearization

Pyongyang cares much more about self-preservation than it does about prosperity

Dan DePetris May 27, 2020

Why Seoul must not let Pyongyang off the hook for past aggressions

South Korea should not throw out the May 24 Measures without genuine signs from the North that it's ready to change

Jumin Lee May 25, 2020

Why it's time for China to take greater responsibility for North Korea's future

Much stronger influence from Beijing could reduce the threat from Pyongyang and potentially improve human rights

Fyodor Tertitskiy May 21, 2020

No, you’re the puppet: why North Korea isn’t a Chinese satellite

The ruling Kim family has kept their Beijing benefactors close, but far enough as not to invite unwanted interference

Andrei Lankov | Peter Ward May 14, 2020

Despite election success, Moon faces difficulties with Washington and Pyongyang

Cost-sharing talks with Washington and an inter-Korean impasse promise to challenge the ROK President in the coming year

Tom Eck May 12, 2020
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