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'

Changing the way we approach North Korea: A new tool for engagement

Interview explores uses and benefits of "Engage DPRK" data visualization project

Gianluca Spezza October 16, 2013

The NK News study guide part 5: The idea called Juche

Origins of misunderstood ideology can be traced from 1955 speech

Gianluca Spezza September 30, 2013

The NK News Study Guide, Part 4: Kim Il Sung's North Korea

A look back at Kim Il Sung's Korea: 1953 - 1994

Gianluca Spezza September 5, 2013

How North Korea is striving to prepare for its future: part 2

A look at how education and information technology will shape North Korea's future

Gianluca Spezza August 22, 2013

How North Korea is striving to prepare for its future: part 1

A look at how education and information technology will shape North Korea's future

Gianluca Spezza August 21, 2013

'Evil Leaders' do not explain North Korea's human rights crisis

"Fear and isolation are the main reasons for the North to keep those they distrust in camps" - Geir Helgesen

Gianluca Spezza August 6, 2013

Book Review: Exploring North Korean Arts

In conclusion, this is a highly recommended read

Gianluca Spezza June 18, 2013

The Women of North Korea: Mothers and Market Leaders

What circumstances led women to become the drivers of North Korea's market economy?

Gianluca Spezza April 24, 2013

Undercover in North Korea: Making It Harder For Serious Researchers To Do Their Job

"Obtaining authorizations for academic visits, research work or exchanges with North Korea has always proven difficult and programs like this do not help at all"

Gianluca Spezza April 17, 2013

Juche 2.0: How North Korea Uses The Web To Promote Its Ideology

Online games, websites and business portals all help define importance of Unification to Koreans at home and abroad

Gianluca Spezza April 2, 2013