November 26, 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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How North Korea’s revival of communism goes hand in hand with ultranationalism

How North Korea’s revival of communism goes hand in hand with ultranationalism

Uptick in communist rhetoric during pandemic highlights peculiar ideological mix regime uses to stay in power

How North Korea’s revival of communism goes hand in hand with ultranationalism
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young June 15, 2022
After Ukraine, it’s time to take North Korea’s reunification aims seriously

After Ukraine, it’s time to take North Korea’s reunification aims seriously

Few expected Russia to invade. Now the world must prepare for the day DPRK too presses its land claims over South Korea

After Ukraine, it’s time to take North Korea’s reunification aims seriously
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young March 17, 2022
North Korea’s got 99 problems and rural development is one

North Korea’s got 99 problems and rural development is one

2022 focus on agriculture reflects both growing food insecurity and Maoist-inspired efforts to improve countryside life

North Korea’s got 99 problems and rural development is one
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young February 4, 2022
The North Korean studio that has animated a Christmas film and Italian cartoons

The North Korean studio that has animated a Christmas film and Italian cartoons

Newly sanctioned SEK Studio has worked with South Korean and European artists for decades, raising money for Pyongyang

The North Korean studio that has animated a Christmas film and Italian cartoons
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young January 19, 2022
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
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