February 29, 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.

Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere

Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere

“Something About North Korea” promises firsthand account of French authors’ studies in DPRK but loses the thread

Book review: A look at North Korea from outside the Anglosphere
Stephen Mercado
Stephen Mercado March 22, 2023
Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korea I choose to remember

Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korea I choose to remember

While state police cut short my studies, I also experienced unforgettable beauty and kindness during my time in the DPRK

Pyongyang Chronicles: The North Korea I choose to remember
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley March 22, 2023
Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans

Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans

Autocratic regimes atomize communities and increase suspicion, but some spaces are safer for sharing illicit info

Friendship and family networks are key to getting outside info to North Koreans
Peter Ward
Peter Ward | Steven Denney March 13, 2023
Pyongyang Chronicles: A modern-day Judas at Kim Il Sung University

Pyongyang Chronicles: A modern-day Judas at Kim Il Sung University

An early friendship ends with betrayal, demonstrating how the North Korean system begets hypocrisy and doublethink

Pyongyang Chronicles: A modern-day Judas at Kim Il Sung University
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley February 23, 2023
‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea

‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea

The famous defector’s claims may appeal to some but risk undermining her message on North Korean human rights

‘Save our country’: Yeonmi Park’s new book compares woke America to North Korea
James Fretwell
James Fretwell February 16, 2023
Book review: A history of North Korea found nowhere else

Book review: A history of North Korea found nowhere else

‘The North Korean Army’ mines sources in multiple languages to deliver rich but accessible account of the DPRK

Book review: A history of North Korea found nowhere else
David Tizzard
David Tizzard February 15, 2023
Pyongyang Chronicles: ‘Why doesn’t Australia develop nuclear weapons?’

Pyongyang Chronicles: ‘Why doesn’t Australia develop nuclear weapons?’

A visit to a North Korean restaurant facilitated frank discussion about racism, the Korean War and the merits of Juche

Pyongyang Chronicles: ‘Why doesn’t Australia develop nuclear weapons?’
Alek Sigley
Alek Sigley February 6, 2023
Book review: The Korean War and the birth of modern American espionage

Book review: The Korean War and the birth of modern American espionage

‘Agents of Subversion’ reveals how the conflict provided a shot in the arm for a fledgling agency called the CIA

Book review: The Korean War and the birth of modern American espionage
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia February 3, 2023
From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea

Propaganda predominates at Pyongyang’s foreign language bookstore, but some works offer a revealing look at the country

From Kim Jong Il’s jokes to cold noodles: The best books for sale in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson January 24, 2023
By his own measures, Biden’s North Korea policy has been a failure

By his own measures, Biden’s North Korea policy has been a failure

Denuclearization remains as far off as ever, and the US must take de-escalatory steps if it hopes to change this

By his own measures, Biden’s North Korea policy has been a failure
Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore January 16, 2023
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