June 04, 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.

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
Pyongyang chronicles: Why the DPRK is no fan of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Pyongyang chronicles: Why the DPRK is no fan of ‘The Lord of the Rings’

All education must be revolutionary, and Kim Il Sung University instructors had no time for fantasies of Middle Earth

Pyongyang chronicles: Why the DPRK is no fan of ‘The Lord of the Rings’
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley November 28, 2022
Pyongyang chronicles: Late-night mahjong and K-pop at the DPRK’s top university

Pyongyang chronicles: Late-night mahjong and K-pop at the DPRK’s top university

Foreign students’ lives in North Korea can vary dramatically based on where they’re from — and how much money they have

Pyongyang chronicles: Late-night mahjong and K-pop at the DPRK’s top university
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley November 11, 2022
Book review: Grappling with the personal and political toll of Korea’s division

Book review: Grappling with the personal and political toll of Korea’s division

Hwang Sok-yong’s ‘The Prisoner’ tells story of his life as a ‘refugee’ from North Korea for whom going home is a crime

Book review: Grappling with the personal and political toll of Korea’s division
David Tizzard
David Tizzard October 27, 2022
Expel North Korean diplomats to send a message to Kim Jong Un

Expel North Korean diplomats to send a message to Kim Jong Un

In face of DPRK weapons tests and UN inaction, throwing out top envoys will pave way for stronger sanctions enforcement

Expel North Korean diplomats to send a message to Kim Jong Un
Sung-Yoon Lee
Sung-Yoon Lee October 25, 2022
Accepting North Korea as a nuclear state is no solution

Accepting North Korea as a nuclear state is no solution

Dropping demands that DPRK denuclearize will only facilitate its hostile geopolitical ambitions, not peace

Accepting North Korea as a nuclear state is no solution
Rob York
Rob York October 20, 2022
Pyongyang chronicles: The privileges of life as a foreign student in North Korea

Pyongyang chronicles: The privileges of life as a foreign student in North Korea

Students enjoy wider access than almost all other outsiders, but they can still run afoul of DPRK authorities

Pyongyang chronicles: The privileges of life as a foreign student in North Korea
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley October 17, 2022
Why the US should focus less on Iran and more on North Korea nuclear threat

Why the US should focus less on Iran and more on North Korea nuclear threat

How Washington handles adversaries like Iran, Cuba and Venezuela sends message to Pyongyang and world about its motives

Why the US should focus less on Iran and more on North Korea nuclear threat
Rob York
Rob York October 12, 2022
Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know

Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know

International law guarantees the right to receive information, though few in ROK government will defend this principle

Seoul’s censorship of North Korean media violates South Koreans’ right to know
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser September 19, 2022
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