August 17, 2022

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Balazs Szalontai

Balazs Szalontai is a historian and professor at Korea University, Department of North Korean Studies.

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How the North Korean-Vietnamese friendship turned sour

How the North Korean-Vietnamese friendship turned sour

Pyongyang's self-centered behavior towards Hanoi irreparably damaged a once-close alliance

How the North Korean-Vietnamese friendship turned sour
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Balazs Szalontai October 31, 2017
How, and why, China and North Korea have drifted apart

How, and why, China and North Korea have drifted apart

China's pursuit of other partners in East Asia has strained the old alliance

How, and why, China and North Korea have drifted apart
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Balazs Szalontai April 19, 2017
A Korean Autonomous Territory in Mongolia?

A Korean Autonomous Territory in Mongolia?

North Korean economic nationalism has an exploitative side, which can backfire

A Korean Autonomous Territory in Mongolia?
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Balazs Szalontai May 13, 2016
The specter of terrorism in North Korean, Iranian propaganda

The specter of terrorism in North Korean, Iranian propaganda

U.S. counter-terrorism is too much for Pyongyang’s regime, too little for Tehran’s

The specter of terrorism in North Korean, Iranian propaganda
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Balazs Szalontai August 25, 2015
Consent, discord in North Korean, Iranian attitudes toward international terrorism

Consent, discord in North Korean, Iranian attitudes toward international terrorism

The enemy of my friend, the enemy of my enemy, or the friend of my enemy?

Consent, discord in North Korean, Iranian attitudes toward international terrorism
Balazs Szalontai
Balazs Szalontai August 17, 2015
Riding the tiger of nationalism in North Korea

Riding the tiger of nationalism in North Korea

How did the North Korean leadership muzzle the tiger that Ceausescu could not control?

Riding the tiger of nationalism in North Korea
Balazs Szalontai
Balazs Szalontai March 3, 2015
Cracks in the North Korea – Iran Axis

Cracks in the North Korea – Iran Axis

Elements of dissonance in the rhetoric of the Tehran-Pyongyang partnership

Cracks in the North Korea – Iran Axis
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Balazs Szalontai August 5, 2014
The imbecile, the lecher, the harlot and the monkey

The imbecile, the lecher, the harlot and the monkey

Human rights concerns, S. Korea-Japan relations as subtexts in N. Korea's war on political correctness

The imbecile, the lecher, the harlot and the monkey
Balazs Szalontai
Balazs Szalontai June 3, 2014