May 22, 2024

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Gianluca Spezza

Gianluca Spezza earned his PhD in 2017 from the University of Central Lancashire under the supervision of Professor Hazel Smith, on the strength of research on the cooperation between UNICEF and the DPRK in education and childcare. Dr Spezza is an assistant professor of international relations and a senior researcher at the DPRK Strategy Center at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan; he is writing a monograph on education, international cooperation, and human capital in North Korea (Palgrave 2021). His work on the DPRK, articles or interviews, can be found, among others, on the websites of the BBC, The Guardian, The Diplomat, IRIN News, NK News, DR.dk, Newsweek Korea, and El Confidential.

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

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

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

Changing the way we approach North Korea: A new tool for engagement
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza October 16, 2013
The NK News study guide part 5: The idea called Juche

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

Origins of misunderstood ideology can be traced from 1955 speech

The NK News study guide part 5: The idea called Juche
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza September 30, 2013
The NK News Study Guide, Part 4: Kim Il Sung’s North Korea

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

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

The NK News Study Guide, Part 4: Kim Il Sung’s North Korea
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza September 5, 2013
How North Korea is striving to prepare for its future: part 2

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

How North Korea is striving to prepare for its future: part 2
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza August 22, 2013
How North Korea is striving to prepare for its future: part 1

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

How North Korea is striving to prepare for its future: part 1
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza August 21, 2013
‘Evil Leaders’ do not explain North Korea’s human rights crisis

‘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

‘Evil Leaders’ do not explain North Korea’s human rights crisis
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza August 6, 2013
Book Review: Exploring North Korean Arts

Book Review: Exploring North Korean Arts

In conclusion, this is a highly recommended read

Book Review: Exploring North Korean Arts
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza June 18, 2013
The Women of North Korea: Mothers and Market Leaders

The Women of North Korea: Mothers and Market Leaders

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

The Women of North Korea: Mothers and Market Leaders
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza April 24, 2013
Undercover in North Korea: Making It Harder For Serious Researchers To Do Their Job

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"

Undercover in North Korea: Making It Harder For Serious Researchers To Do Their Job
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza April 17, 2013
Juche 2.0: How North Korea Uses The Web To Promote Its Ideology

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

Juche 2.0: How North Korea Uses The Web To Promote Its Ideology
Gianluca Spezza
Gianluca Spezza April 2, 2013