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North Korea rails against markets. But its policies show it can live with them.
DPRK authorities did little to curtail flourishing seafood trade for years, only to reverse course during the pandemic
How foreigners laid the groundwork for North Korea’s market revolution
Early DPRK entrepreneurs leveraged connections in Japan and China, undercutting regime’s narratives of self-sufficiency
The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
Complex rules govern the display of images of the Kim family, which are treated like holy icons in a state religion
North Korea takes step closer to dream of conquering South with solid-fuel ICBM
DPRK seeks to keep US from intervening in conflict, a strategy pushing ROK toward developing its own nuclear deterrent
Why even hawkish Yoon administration won’t ignore a North Korean peace offensive
Pyongyang can manipulate pro-engagement, anti-Japan factions with a simple olive branch to Seoul — even if it’s all talk
How North Korea’s education fever has driven a boom in private tutoring
Academic achievement is increasingly important in DPRK for success, leading parents to spend heavily on illegal lessons
How illegal North Korean farms could fend off the next famine
Private hillside fields known as ‘sotoji’ have long been a major source of sustenance but undercut reforestation efforts
North Korean threats of war are nothing new. But not all of it is empty bluster.
Kim Yo Jong’s warning about a US ‘declaration of war’ is common in DPRK bombast and shouldn’t be taken at face value
How elite North Korean women have shattered the glass ceiling under Kim Jong Un
Daughter’s frequent appearances and women in key posts showcase shifting attitudes about roles women can play
In the North Korean economy, the almighty US dollar still reigns supreme
Repeated currency reforms have eroded trust in the DPRK won, making foreign money essential for many transactions