July 09, 2020

About the author

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is a veteran correspondent and noted author on conflict and crisis from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to Northeast Asia. Don has covered wars from Vietnam to Iraq, focusing on political, diplomatic, economic and social as well as military issues. He is also known for his reporting on North Korea, including the nuclear crisis, human rights and payoffs from South to North Korea preceding the June 2000 inter-Korean summit. Kirk earned his Bachelors at Princeton and a Masters in International Relations from the University of Chicago. He also holds an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Maryland College Park.

More articles by 'Donald Kirk'

Election 2017: After Park, who will control the Blue House?

From former chiefs of staff, to populists and multi-millionaires, there's plenty of choice

Donald Kirk December 5, 2016

Inside Hanawon, where North Koreans learn the capitalist way of life

In first press visit to the center in three years, NK News toured the controversial "House of Unity"

Donald Kirk November 28, 2016

How will President-elect Trump impact the U.S.-ROK relationship?

Most believe the alliance will survive the controversial new commander-in-chief

Donald Kirk November 16, 2016

The shared troubles of President Park and Hillary Clinton

The would-be President and Park Geun-hye have plenty in common - not all good

Donald Kirk November 7, 2016

'Off with their heads'! Training for 'decapitation' of the N. Korea leadership

Amid growing provocation from Pyongyang, the U.S. and South Korea prepare for "first-strike"

Donald Kirk October 28, 2016

Why Kim Jong Un won't visit North Korea's flooded regions

Security concerns keep the North Korean leadership from traveling too far from Pyongyang

Donald Kirk October 7, 2016

With friends like these? Japan reaches out to Cuba for N. Korea assistance

Shinzo Abe is hoping Pyongyang's old comrades can talk them down from the brink

Donald Kirk September 22, 2016

Last resort? Suing for peace on the Korean peninsula

Considering the North's decades-old demand could be a path to stability, experts suggest

Donald Kirk September 10, 2016

A new Sunshine Policy? Seoul mayor calls for Kaesong reopening

Mayor - and potential presidential candidate - Park Won-soon talks North Korea policy

Donald Kirk September 5, 2016

Why N.Korea isn't telling citizens about its defector diplomat

Defection could make North Koreans question who, exactly, still supports Kim Jong Un

Donald Kirk August 22, 2016