April 05, 2020

About the author

Gianluca Spezza

Gianluca Spezza is a PhD candidate at the International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU), University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), in the UK. His work has been published and interviewed on The Guardian, BBC, Newsweek Korea, and DR among others. He writes about North Korea, international organizations, international relations and national identity. Email him at  [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @TheSpezz

More articles by 'Gianluca Spezza'

Are North Koreans ‘free’ after they defect?

Scholar’s study raises questions about resettlement, ‘buying’ defectors’ freedoms

Gianluca Spezza June 9, 2014

Praying to God under the Kims' portrait

What drives Korean evangelical groups' effort to operate conversions within North Korea and among defectors?

Gianluca Spezza June 6, 2014

The migration mission: How Christians shape the defection process

Scholar describes how faith-based Korean groups have made defection a ‘religious exodus’ and nationalist goal

Gianluca Spezza June 6, 2014

Studying North Korea's concept of 'rights'

Expert explains how the right to regime survival outweighs any individual right in the DPRK

Gianluca Spezza May 29, 2014

The North Korean take on human rights

Literature suggests the right to security outweighs individual freedom in the North

Gianluca Spezza May 29, 2014

Measuring new fields in North Korea scholarship

Part 2 in exciting new names in North Korea scholarship path profiles studies on migration, economics, the personality cult

Gianluca Spezza May 16, 2014

North Korean studies, off the beaten path

NK News series presents emerging, lesser-known names in N. Korean studies

Gianluca Spezza April 24, 2014

How change in South Korea changes the North

Book analyzes South’s moves toward democracy and resulting inter-Korean shifts

Gianluca Spezza April 11, 2014

Engineering a look into North Korea

Irishman spends two years working in the Hermit Kingdom, offers moving personal account

Gianluca Spezza March 20, 2014

N. Korean water infrastructure needs repairs - engineer

Practicing Christian offers his take on Pyongyang's version of Catholic mass

Gianluca Spezza March 20, 2014