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Why North Korean history fixates on wars, invasions and peasant rebellions
Textbooks depict Joseon-era Korea as a feudal society in need of revolution that nonetheless repelled foreign invaders
Why North Koreans aren’t protesting against COVID lockdowns like the Chinese are
DPRK gives no space for disobedience, and even thinking the wrong thing may land entire families in concentration camps
How North Korea presents the possibility of a future female leader
Despite being a dictator, Kim Jong Un is something of a feminist — at least compared to his father and grandfather
Most North Koreans have tap water. But that doesn’t mean it’s always running.
Citizens have devised ad hoc solutions to unreliable water supply over the years, with entrepreneurship playing key role
Outside information can change North Korea. But it won’t start a revolution.
Heightened surveillance and border controls mean it's time to alter our approach to info warfare — and our expectations
Why North Korean state media delicately dances around taboo topics
Marketplaces, central supply networks and even census data are all off-limits, sometimes for reasons entirely unclear
With missile over Japan, North Korea reminds US that it’s not going anywhere
Pyongyang wants sanctions relief and will continue to ramp up pressure through tests until Washington relents
Interest in North Korea remains at a record low in Biden’s Washington
Beltway insiders see nuclear negotiations with DPRK as a no-win situation
North Korea’s new nuclear law makes the world a more dangerous place
US will find it harder to sell arms control to the public after DPRK says it will never give up its nukes
Yoon says South Korea won’t go nuclear, but the WMD debate isn’t going anywhere
Evolving North Korean threats are pushing Seoul to cross nuclear threshold, though this would invite punitive responses