November 17, 2019

About the author

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young is a recent Ph.D. from George Washington University. He focuses his research on modern Korea, Cold War international history, and Marxism in the Third World. He has studied the Korean language intensively at universities in South Korea, the Yanbian region of China, and in the United States.

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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

How Washington's view of North Korea's reunification plans is shifting

Changing Beltway consensus on why Pyongyang seeks nukes has major implications for U.S. policy

Benjamin R. Young February 27, 2018

The story of a North Korea-backed rebellion in Sri Lanka

DPRK backing for an ultra-leftist insurgency in 1971 ended in the expulsion of their diplomats

Benjamin R. Young October 10, 2017

It's time to end engagement with North Korea

The tragic case of Otto Warmbier confirms that the DPRK cannot be changed through tourism

Benjamin R. Young June 20, 2017

Why North Korea is best described a "guerrilla state"

The treatment of Otto Warmbier brings to mind the brutality of the DPRK's past

Benjamin R. Young June 15, 2017

The first North Korean crisis in Malaysia

Years before Kim Jong Nam's death, North Korean agents hatched a plot to wreak havoc in Malaysia

Benjamin R. Young March 24, 2017

The Ugandan insurgents guided by North Korean spirits

Some warlords in Northern Uganda believed ghosts from Pyongyang could stop bullets and plan battles

Benjamin R. Young February 21, 2017
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