January 18, 2022

About the author

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University). He is the author of Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World (Stanford University Press, 2021). He received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University in 2018. He has previously taught at the U.S. Naval War College and Dakota State University. He has published peer-reviewed articles on North Korean history and politics in a number of scholarly journals and is a regular contributor to NK News.

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North Korea’s vital role as a Cold War training ground for global terrorists

North Korea’s vital role as a Cold War training ground for global terrorists

The country's designation as a state sponsor of terror is a well-deserved moniker stretching back decades

North Korea’s vital role as a Cold War training ground for global terrorists
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young December 28, 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
North Korean capitalism’s failure in the Third World

North Korean capitalism’s failure in the Third World

Pyongyang mixed economics and politics as it competed with Seoul and sought new trade partners in the Global South

North Korean capitalism’s failure in the Third World
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young December 2, 2021
Revival of ‘Three Revolutions’ a sign Kim Jong Un is losing ideological control

Revival of ‘Three Revolutions’ a sign Kim Jong Un is losing ideological control

Short turnaround since last conference suggests North Korea aims to root out anti-socialist ideas, boost production

Revival of ‘Three Revolutions’ a sign Kim Jong Un is losing ideological control
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young November 22, 2021
Why the Sandinistas sent Kim Il Sung a stuffed crocodile carrying drinks

Why the Sandinistas sent Kim Il Sung a stuffed crocodile carrying drinks

DPRK support for the Nicaraguan revolutionaries dates back to early 1970s and reflects support for liberation movements

Why the Sandinistas sent Kim Il Sung a stuffed crocodile carrying drinks
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young November 8, 2021
North Korea’s ‘white tiger’ art studio constructing panoramas and statues abroad

North Korea’s ‘white tiger’ art studio constructing panoramas and statues abroad

While Mansudae is more famous, the little-known Paekho studio can raise funds for the regime while avoiding detection

North Korea’s ‘white tiger’ art studio constructing panoramas and statues abroad
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young October 29, 2021
Why one city in Nepal worships North Korea and follows ‘Juche’ ideology

Why one city in Nepal worships North Korea and follows ‘Juche’ ideology

A mistrust of outsiders and desire for self-reliance drive Bhaktapur to embrace North Korean style communism

Why one city in Nepal worships North Korea and follows ‘Juche’ ideology
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young October 18, 2021
The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions
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The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions

Analysts and researchers often disagree on core issues, from how to label the Kim regime to the DPRK’s nuclear program

The contentious field of North Korean studies: Schools of thought and divisions
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 24, 2021
Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards

Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards

Elite force featured in parade is akin to the National Guard, helping to repel invasion and respond to natural disasters

Guns in one hand: Kim Jong Un’s revitalization of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 17, 2021
How Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult differs from Kim family worship

How Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult differs from Kim family worship

North Korea’s idolatry is rooted in past accomplishments while China’s Xi stakes his legitimacy on future performance

How Xi Jinping’s growing personality cult differs from Kim family worship
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 13, 2021
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