September 25, 2020

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Markus Bell

Dr. Markus Bell is a migration and social inclusion expert who has published broadly on politics and social change in East Asia. He has lectured at the Australian National University, Goethe University Frankfurt and the University of Sheffield and is a Research Fellow at La Trobe University.

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The movement to return the Japanese wives of Zainichi repatriates from N. Korea

Letters sent to Japan revealing the reality of life in the DPRK sparked demands abroad for the wives to be brought home

Markus Bell February 10, 2020

Going "home": why 87,000 Zainichi Koreans moved from Japan to North Korea

From 1959 to 1984, thousands of Koreans in Japan were promised a better life in the DPRK, only to be met with suffering

Markus Bell February 5, 2020

Halfway through his presidency, Moon must rethink his inter-Korean strategy

The South Korean President needs a new way to engage the North to recover in the polls, even if it risks U.S. reprisal

Marco Milani | Markus Bell December 1, 2019

Living with a nuclear North Korea: how to move beyond the impasse

Demanding complete denuclearization has long been a diplomatic dead-end

Why South Korea treats North Korean defectors differently to other refugees

Ethnic nationalism, culture likely major reasons

Markus Bell May 10, 2019

Shinzo Abe's legacy building in the age of the new-look North Korea

Japan's Prime Minister faces dilemma over domestic agenda and changes on Korean Peninsula

Why unification offers the best chance for improving North Korean human rights

Only when Kim Jong Un feels secure can real reform take place in the DPRK

Even fashion is authoritarian in North Korea

Fashion on the streets, while showing more diversity, still takes its cues from above

Why North Koreans Should Be Allowed Asylum Beyond South Korea – A Response

'If this is the type of governmental discrimination that North Koreans face in South Korea, I may be tempted to sign up for such discrimination'

Markus Bell April 4, 2013

Why North Koreans Should Be Allowed Asylum Beyond South Korea

Economic and social discrimination in South Korea provides a rationale for asylum in third countries

Markus Bell March 25, 2013