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June 20, 2024

Opinion

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

South Korea must do more to help the children of North Koreans born in China

South Korea must do more to help the children of North Koreans born in China

Seoul lumps third-country-born kids with other defectors, but they need targeted help to adjust to life in ROK

South Korea must do more to help the children of North Koreans born in China
Su Lee
Su Lee August 17, 2023
Book review: A new history reconsiders Korea’s unending war with itself

Book review: A new history reconsiders Korea’s unending war with itself

‘Korea at War’ traces roots of Korean War back to 19th century and debunks myths that North Korea and US still propagate

Book review: A new history reconsiders Korea’s unending war with itself
David Tizzard
David Tizzard July 24, 2023
Why we should be wary of claims that North Korean satellite was a ‘paper doll’

Why we should be wary of claims that North Korean satellite was a ‘paper doll’

Assessments of spy satellite lean into idea that DPRK launches are political theater, impeding ability to gauge threat

Why we should be wary of claims that North Korean satellite was a ‘paper doll’
Tay Jeong
Tay Jeong July 20, 2023
Book review: A chronicle of Korea, from a mythological god-king to Kim Jong Un

Book review: A chronicle of Korea, from a mythological god-king to Kim Jong Un

‘Korea: A New History of South and North’ packs 4,000 years into an insightful overview but oversimplifies DPRK issues

Book review: A chronicle of Korea, from a mythological god-king to Kim Jong Un
Stephen Mercado
Stephen Mercado July 11, 2023
Biding his time: Kim Jong Un is maneuvering for leverage ahead of future talks

Biding his time: Kim Jong Un is maneuvering for leverage ahead of future talks

Ongoing weapons development only increases North Korea’s bargaining power, underlining need to prioritize engagement

Biding his time: Kim Jong Un is maneuvering for leverage ahead of future talks
Denouncing ‘anti-state forces,’ Yoon takes a page from North Korea’s book

Denouncing ‘anti-state forces,’ Yoon takes a page from North Korea’s book

South Korean president’s smear seeks to delegitimize his predecessor, undermining democracy

Denouncing ‘anti-state forces,’ Yoon takes a page from North Korea’s book
Aidan Foster-Carter
Aidan Foster-Carter June 29, 2023
The problem with State Department reports on religious freedom in North Korea

The problem with State Department reports on religious freedom in North Korea

Narrow research obscures fact that more citizens are exposed to religion, feeding into pessimism about the situation

The problem with State Department reports on religious freedom in North Korea
Eric Foley
Eric Foley June 22, 2023
Book review: An African woman’s memoir of privilege and identity in North Korea

Book review: An African woman’s memoir of privilege and identity in North Korea

‘Black Girl from Pyongyang’ documents the fascinating story of Monica Macias, a dictator’s daughter who grew up in DPRK

Book review: An African woman’s memoir of privilege and identity in North Korea
Stephen Mercado
Stephen Mercado June 19, 2023
Send Donald Trump to North Korea to break the impasse in bilateral talks

Send Donald Trump to North Korea to break the impasse in bilateral talks

The US cannot afford disengagement with Pyongyang and should use former president as a crude tool to jump-start dialogue

Send Donald Trump to North Korea to break the impasse in bilateral talks
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov June 14, 2023
Book review: ‘The Sister’ tells the tale of North Korean ‘despotess’ Kim Yo Jong

Book review: ‘The Sister’ tells the tale of North Korean ‘despotess’ Kim Yo Jong

Sung-yoon Lee combines history and speculation to paint DPRK leader’s sister as ‘devil woman,’ with mixed results

Book review: ‘The Sister’ tells the tale of North Korean ‘despotess’ Kim Yo Jong
David Tizzard
David Tizzard June 13, 2023