April 19, 2021

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Martin Weiser

Martin Weiser received his MA from Korea University in 2014 with a thesis explaining North Korea’s changing human rights policy. He has continued researching North Korea’s political history as an independent researcher since then. His writings have appeared on SinoNK and in 2018 an article on the country’s legal system appeared in the European Journal of Korean Studies.

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Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
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Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council

Jo Yong Won appears to be heading a mysterious, rumored office that focuses on foreign policy and security

Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 24, 2021
Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership
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Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership

North Korean leader seems to be tightening grip on Organizational Guidance Department as part of corruption clampdown

Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 5, 2021
Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress
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Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress

Kim Jong Un got a new title, Kim Yo Jong was demoted and the Politburo focused on economic experts

Full recap: North Korea reshuffles key leadership roles at Eighth Party Congress
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 12, 2021
Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department
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Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department

The unknown official’s promotion and creation of new department suggest more emphasis on rule by law in North Korea

Mystery man: Kim Hyong Sik’s rise to head of the DPRK’s new judicial department
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 8, 2021
Timeline: How North Korean propaganda hyped Kim Jong Un in 2020
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Timeline: How North Korean propaganda hyped Kim Jong Un in 2020

DPRK propaganda in 2020 spoke to Kim Jong Un’s growing cult of personality and changing leadership style

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda hyped Kim Jong Un in 2020
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 30, 2020
Ri Son Gwon’s demotion teases major leadership changes at Party Congress
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Ri Son Gwon’s demotion teases major leadership changes at Party Congress

It’s becoming increasingly clear that major leadership changes will be finalized at the Jan. 2020 Eighth Party Congress

Ri Son Gwon’s demotion teases major leadership changes at Party Congress
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser November 10, 2020
North Korea made a big political change by demoting its state security minister
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North Korea made a big political change by demoting its state security minister

The demotion of Jong Kyong Thaek points to even larger internal changes within DPRK leadership

North Korea made a big political change by demoting its state security minister
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 29, 2020
Executive Policy Council: Kim Jong Un strengthens party institutions yet again
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Executive Policy Council: Kim Jong Un strengthens party institutions yet again

Changes to North Korea’s Executive Policy Council mark a fundamental shift in how the Workers’ Party of Korea operates

Executive Policy Council: Kim Jong Un strengthens party institutions yet again
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 6, 2020
North Korean insurance company data quietly signals economic recovery
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North Korean insurance company data quietly signals economic recovery

Data from five insurance firms all show big improvement to performance, with one even reversing a bad downturn

North Korean insurance company data quietly signals economic recovery
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 28, 2020
Leadership changes and odd scheduling tease North Korea’s next party congress
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Leadership changes and odd scheduling tease North Korea’s next party congress

State media revealed several demotions among top leadership and scheduled a major party congress for Jan. 2021

Leadership changes and odd scheduling tease North Korea’s next party congress
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 24, 2020
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