May 24, 2022

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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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What a recent funeral in North Korea says about leadership in Pyongyang
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What a recent funeral in North Korea says about leadership in Pyongyang

Defense minister and army politburo chief conspicuous no-shows at state funeral as DPRK battles ongoing COVID outbreak

What a recent funeral in North Korea says about leadership in Pyongyang
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 23, 2022
Four major trends revealed by North Korea’s COVID-19 case numbers
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Four major trends revealed by North Korea’s COVID-19 case numbers

Data suggests virus may have entered from China, spreading from border regions via trade networks and other movements

Four major trends revealed by North Korea’s COVID-19 case numbers
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 19, 2022
Ri Pyong Chol, demoted last year for ‘grave incident,’ returns to power
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Ri Pyong Chol, demoted last year for ‘grave incident,’ returns to power

Top official’s restoration gives Kim Jong Un two right-hand military men again, pointing to more weapons tests in future

Ri Pyong Chol, demoted last year for ‘grave incident,’ returns to power
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 29, 2022
North Korean holiday events offer latest view of top echelons of power
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North Korean holiday events offer latest view of top echelons of power

Kim Jong Un’s inner circle appears mostly consistent this year, but big questions surround fate of top military official

North Korean holiday events offer latest view of top echelons of power
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 22, 2022
North Korea’s ICBM cover-up isn’t first time country has tried to hide failures
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North Korea’s ICBM cover-up isn’t first time country has tried to hide failures

Attempt to market failed long-range missile test as success follows similar efforts for smaller missile in 2016

North Korea’s ICBM cover-up isn’t first time country has tried to hide failures
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 4, 2022
North Korea’s merry-go-round of officials leads to false alarms about purges
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North Korea’s merry-go-round of officials leads to false alarms about purges

Disappearance of top officials led to speculation about executions, only for those officials to return in new roles

North Korea’s merry-go-round of officials leads to false alarms about purges
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser March 21, 2022
How North Korea’s new patent laws could drive economic growth
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How North Korea’s new patent laws could drive economic growth

First intellectual property rights overhaul in 8 years likely seeks to spur innovation and attract foreign talent

How North Korea’s new patent laws could drive economic growth
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser March 4, 2022
Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea
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Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea

Market fees could become important revenue source amid trade restart, while empty chair hints at leadership changes

Seemingly boring budget meeting offers clues about developments in North Korea
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser February 16, 2022
Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
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Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021

More erratic messaging appears to reflect upheavals in propaganda leadership, as notable changes decline in second half

Timeline: How North Korean propaganda dialed back focus on Kim Jong Un in 2021
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 19, 2022
Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges
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Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges

State media reported 45 promotions that broadly align with the country’s policy directions, albeit with some exceptions

Promotions at party meeting reinforce North Korea’s focus on economic challenges
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser January 3, 2022
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