January 26, 2022

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: Navigating North Korea’s complex travel permission system

A diplomat’s life: Navigating North Korea’s complex travel permission system

North Korea’s extreme social controls mean a complex process for any travel request, even for foreign diplomats

A diplomat’s life: Navigating North Korea’s complex travel permission system
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby November 24, 2021
The US must work with China to denuclearize North Korea

The US must work with China to denuclearize North Korea

Beijing has economic and political leverage, but it wants to maintain North Korea as a buffer state against US

The US must work with China to denuclearize North Korea
Chan Young Bang
Chan Young Bang November 17, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Pyongyang meals for diners with adventurous palates

A diplomat’s life: Pyongyang meals for diners with adventurous palates

From Korean hot pot to sturgeon blood, the DPRK capital has a range of restaurant options beyond just burgers and pizza

A diplomat’s life: Pyongyang meals for diners with adventurous palates
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby November 17, 2021
Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea

Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea

Outdated infrastructure means travel is slow, but trains offer a unique chance to see the country and meet real Koreans

Train to Pyongyang: The joys of traveling by rail in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson November 15, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Dining on pizza and ‘meat in bread’ in Pyongyang restaurants

A diplomat’s life: Dining on pizza and ‘meat in bread’ in Pyongyang restaurants

A handful of specialty eateries serve international fare, but many locals stick to kimchi and Korean classics

A diplomat’s life: Dining on pizza and ‘meat in bread’ in Pyongyang restaurants
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby November 10, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The ephemeral beauty of concrete Pyongyang

A diplomat’s life: The ephemeral beauty of concrete Pyongyang

North Korean builders are highly skilled, but erratic leadership priorities and few materials make for an unsafe skyline

A diplomat’s life: The ephemeral beauty of concrete Pyongyang
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby November 3, 2021
Deep dive in the DPRK: A Danish globetrotter’s unlikely scuba adventure

Deep dive in the DPRK: A Danish globetrotter’s unlikely scuba adventure

Despite logistical challenges, the successful trip showed the creative possibilities of North Korea tourism

Deep dive in the DPRK: A Danish globetrotter’s unlikely scuba adventure
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson October 29, 2021
A diplomat’s life: North Korea’s brutal training for parades and mass games

A diplomat’s life: North Korea’s brutal training for parades and mass games

North Koreans train for hours on end and late into the night to prepare for these events in Pyongyang

A diplomat’s life: North Korea’s brutal training for parades and mass games
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby October 27, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The North Koreans are always watching you

A diplomat’s life: The North Koreans are always watching you

There is no escaping Big Brother in a country that encourages and rewards citizens for reporting on each other

A diplomat’s life: The North Koreans are always watching you
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby October 20, 2021
Combining travel and education on a North Korea study tour

Combining travel and education on a North Korea study tour

Studying Korean allows guests to stay in Pyongyang for a month, just long enough to get a feel for everyday life

Combining travel and education on a North Korea study tour
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson October 15, 2021
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