December 08, 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.

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong

Hawks and doves often believe the worst about each other, leading to unrealistic prognostications and poor policy

The problematic assumptions that cause North Korea predictions to go wrong
Rob York
Rob York January 21, 2022
A diplomat’s life: Parting advice for those going to work in North Korea

A diplomat’s life: Parting advice for those going to work in North Korea

Foreigners must learn to accept the political system but remain critical, while caring for their own mental health

A diplomat’s life: Parting advice for those going to work in North Korea
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby December 29, 2021
Christmas in Pyongyang: How devout tourists can worship in North Korea

Christmas in Pyongyang: How devout tourists can worship in North Korea

Visitors are not banned from attending church services or carrying a Bible, but proselytizing is strictly off-limits

Christmas in Pyongyang: How devout tourists can worship in North Korea
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson December 27, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The mundane, ordinary routines of the North Korean people

A diplomat’s life: The mundane, ordinary routines of the North Korean people

For most in Pyongyang, worshipping the Kim family is just a part of the 9-to-5 grind

A diplomat’s life: The mundane, ordinary routines of the North Korean people
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby December 23, 2021
South Korean conservatives: Right on North Korea, wrong on everything else?

South Korean conservatives: Right on North Korea, wrong on everything else?

Elections tend to feature progressives who don’t get the DPRK and reactionaries out of step with 21st-century values

South Korean conservatives: Right on North Korea, wrong on everything else?
Rob York
Rob York December 22, 2021
The good, the bad and the memorable of expat life in North Korea

The good, the bad and the memorable of expat life in North Korea

The system is stifling for Koreans and foreigners alike, but human interactions carry one through difficulties

The good, the bad and the memorable of expat life in North Korea
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby December 15, 2021
Film review: The problem with inter-Korean rivalry in ‘Escape from Mogadishu’

Film review: The problem with inter-Korean rivalry in ‘Escape from Mogadishu’

Box office hits glosses over North Korea’s complex history in Third World and is riddled with stereotypes about Africa

Film review: The problem with inter-Korean rivalry in ‘Escape from Mogadishu’
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young December 14, 2021
A diplomat’s life: On the ground in Pyongyang during the ‘fire and fury’ era

A diplomat’s life: On the ground in Pyongyang during the ‘fire and fury’ era

North Koreans in the capital city seemed to genuinely believe conflict could break out at anytime

A diplomat’s life: On the ground in Pyongyang during the ‘fire and fury’ era
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby December 9, 2021
A declaration to end the Korean War can improve American and Korean security

A declaration to end the Korean War can improve American and Korean security

Formally ending the more than 70-year-long conflict would build political will for permanent peace

A declaration to end the Korean War can improve American and Korean security
Christine Ahn
Christine Ahn December 9, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Tight schedules and resort-like thrills touring North Korea

A diplomat’s life: Tight schedules and resort-like thrills touring North Korea

State travel agencies plan every detail of visitors’ itineraries, careful to show only the best it has to offer

A diplomat’s life: Tight schedules and resort-like thrills touring North Korea
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby December 1, 2021
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