January 20, 2021

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Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor at Dakota State University. He holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University, and focuses his research on modern Korea, Cold War international history, and Marxism in the Third World.

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“Kingdom of discrimination”: North Korea’s long interest in U.S. race relations

The DPRK has for decades served as a notable, but deeply insincere, supporter of African American struggle

Benjamin R. Young June 2, 2020

How sensationalizing Kim Jong Un clouds the real reason he can maintain his rule

Focus on the North Korean leader as a person detracts from the structures that keep the Kim family in power

Benjamin R. Young May 27, 2020

North Korea’s 1970s Hallyu: socialist spectaculars in the Third World

Kim Il Sung deployed art troupes as a way to spread his version of socialism and deepen diplomatic ties

Benjamin R. Young April 3, 2020

The history of Cold War North Korea through the five stages of grief

The DPRK leadership's failure to unify the country during the Korean War left a deep scar on the national psyche

Benjamin R. Young February 26, 2020

The revolution that wasn’t: is North Korea really a “revolutionary” state?

Despite official claims, early DPRK history was not marked by radical change to the status quo

Benjamin R. Young December 25, 2019

The need for speed: time as a political tool in North Korea

The U.S. should take note that Kim Jong Un can literally change the time on a subjective — or political — whim

Benjamin R. Young December 11, 2019

How Trump joins the list of notorious tyrants who praised North Korea’s system

North's personality cult, state media controls have charmed dictators for decades

Benjamin R. Young June 25, 2018

What exactly is North Korea’s “cultural heritage”?

Pompeo last month used a unusual euphemism when discussing a deal with Pyongyang

Benjamin R. Young June 10, 2018

Who controls the DPRK? A brief history of North Korea conspiracy theories

Many have posited that it is not really Kim Jong Un who is pulling the strings

Benjamin R. Young May 30, 2018

Singapore’s long, cozy relationship with North Korea

The city-state's history of ties to Pyongyang make it a fitting site for the Kim-Trump summit

Benjamin R. Young May 20, 2018
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