October 05, 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: 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
The circuitous connections between the Korean War and the War on Terror

The circuitous connections between the Korean War and the War on Terror

Twenty years after 9/11, Bush’s Axis of Evil speech still epitomizes flawed DPRK policy that perpetuates ‘forever war’

The circuitous connections between the Korean War and the War on Terror
Daniel Jasper
Daniel Jasper October 14, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Learning to cope with leisure in Pyongyang

A diplomat’s life: Learning to cope with leisure in Pyongyang

Finding entertainment is not always easy, but foreigners can still enjoy movies, karaoke and other activities

A diplomat’s life: Learning to cope with leisure in Pyongyang
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby October 13, 2021
To ensure peace, Biden must remove barriers to engagement with North Korea

To ensure peace, Biden must remove barriers to engagement with North Korea

Former President Eisenhower’s emphasis on people-to-people contact remains a model for avoiding conflict

To ensure peace, Biden must remove barriers to engagement with North Korea
Matt Abbott
Matt Abbott October 13, 2021
Fasten your seatbelt: Traveling in Soviet chic on North Korea’s domestic flights

Fasten your seatbelt: Traveling in Soviet chic on North Korea’s domestic flights

Low demand and an aging fleet mean passengers can expect a unique trip but bumpy ride

Fasten your seatbelt: Traveling in Soviet chic on North Korea’s domestic flights
Gareth Johnson
Gareth Johnson October 6, 2021
A diplomat’s life: Navigating Pyongyang’s byzantine payment system

A diplomat’s life: Navigating Pyongyang’s byzantine payment system

Foreigners may pay in one currency and receive change in others, while converting back and forth into virtual money

A diplomat’s life: Navigating Pyongyang’s byzantine payment system
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby October 4, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital

A former diplomat in Pyongyang recounts the realities of shopping in the city and the propaganda purpose of many stores

A diplomat’s life: The pleasures of retail therapy in the North Korean capital
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby September 27, 2021
Biden, along with Tokyo and Seoul, should propose liaison offices to Pyongyang
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Biden, along with Tokyo and Seoul, should propose liaison offices to Pyongyang

A trilateral offer would show the allies' will for diplomacy and mark a departure from previous US policy

Biden, along with Tokyo and Seoul, should propose liaison offices to Pyongyang
Thomas Schäfer
Thomas Schäfer September 22, 2021
A diplomat’s life: The uncertainty and tedium of lockdown in North Korea

A diplomat’s life: The uncertainty and tedium of lockdown in North Korea

A former diplomat in Pyongyang gives a first-person account of how authorities responded to the pandemic

A diplomat’s life: The uncertainty and tedium of lockdown in North Korea
Taylor Darby
Taylor Darby September 20, 2021
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