February 21, 2024

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Chad O’Carroll

Chad O'Carroll is the founder of NK News/NK Pro and related holding company Korea Risk Group. In addition to being the group's CEO, O'Carroll is a frequent writer and commentator about the Koreas, having written about the two nations since 2010. He has visited the DPRK multiple times, worked and lived in Washington, D.C. with a focus on peninsula issues, and lived in the ROK since 2016.

More articles by 'Chad O’Carroll'

The cost of vigilance: Seoul’s mobilization paradox in case of war with the DPRK

The cost of vigilance: Seoul’s mobilization paradox in case of war with the DPRK

Experts question capabilities of South Korea’s reserve forces should mass call-ups become a reality

The cost of vigilance: Seoul’s mobilization paradox in case of war with the DPRK
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll February 7, 2024
Is current North Korea risk comparable to previous periods of high tensions?
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Is current North Korea risk comparable to previous periods of high tensions?

DPRK’s increasing threats and improved military capabilities set 2024 apart from past periods of escalation

Is current North Korea risk comparable to previous periods of high tensions?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 26, 2024
Mongolian ambassador and embassy staff arrived in Pyongyang in Dec: Sources

Mongolian ambassador and embassy staff arrived in Pyongyang in Dec: Sources

Rotation of diplomat and staff is only third after China and Russia since DPRK shut its borders in 2020

Mongolian ambassador and embassy staff arrived in Pyongyang in Dec: Sources
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Joe Smith January 25, 2024
How North Korea could set a trap to bait South into a military clash
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How North Korea could set a trap to bait South into a military clash

Kim Jong Un says he won’t start a war, but Seoul’s stance on retaliation gives DPRK a pretext to be provoked

How North Korea could set a trap to bait South into a military clash
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 17, 2024
How South Korea’s Security Council stint could exacerbate North Korea issues

How South Korea’s Security Council stint could exacerbate North Korea issues

Some fear Seoul will use role to deny sanctions exemptions or derail diplomacy, though others predict little impact

How South Korea’s Security Council stint could exacerbate North Korea issues
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 5, 2024
What to make of North Korea’s upbeat plenum on its big plans for 2024
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What to make of North Korea’s upbeat plenum on its big plans for 2024

Pyongyang ditched goal of unification and braced for conflict, while celebrating progress in military and economy

What to make of North Korea’s upbeat plenum on its big plans for 2024
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll January 1, 2024
Next steps for North Korea: Where will the country be five years from now?

Next steps for North Korea: Where will the country be five years from now?

Most experts predict continued isolation and decline, while minority say Russia and China will prop up DPRK economy

Next steps for North Korea: Where will the country be five years from now?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 22, 2023
Next steps for North Korea: Will the DPRK reopen its borders in 2024?

Next steps for North Korea: Will the DPRK reopen its borders in 2024?

Survey finds most experts expect partial reopening for only allies or embassies, as hardliners push to maintain control

Next steps for North Korea: Will the DPRK reopen its borders in 2024?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 21, 2023
Next steps for North Korea: Will South Korea go nuclear to counter the DPRK?

Next steps for North Korea: Will South Korea go nuclear to counter the DPRK?

Most experts agree ROK unlikely to develop nukes, but doubts about US commitment could lead Seoul to reconsider

Next steps for North Korea: Will South Korea go nuclear to counter the DPRK?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 20, 2023
Next steps for North Korea: Are international sanctions still relevant?

Next steps for North Korea: Are international sanctions still relevant?

Vast majority of experts say DPRK sanctions regime is increasingly ineffective, but many argue it still has role to play

Next steps for North Korea: Are international sanctions still relevant?
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll December 19, 2023
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