January 28, 2020

About the author

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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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

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
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