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July 21, 2024

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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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North Korea hints at secret shakeup of military officials ahead of party plenum
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North Korea hints at secret shakeup of military officials ahead of party plenum

State media coverage of mausoleum visit reveals unannounced promotion, while top military leader mysteriously absent

North Korea hints at secret shakeup of military officials ahead of party plenum
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser December 18, 2023
North Korea’s post-reform elections looked a lot like those that came before
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North Korea’s post-reform elections looked a lot like those that came before

State media again reported near 100% turnout but acknowledged votes against chosen candidates for first time in decades

North Korea’s post-reform elections looked a lot like those that came before
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser November 30, 2023
North Korea’s election reforms are not the first time voters have had a choice
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North Korea’s election reforms are not the first time voters have had a choice

Single-candidate polls are the norm, but past examples of competitive elections provide precedent for making changes

North Korea’s election reforms are not the first time voters have had a choice
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser November 24, 2023
Why North Korea dropped a reference to ‘defending’ Kim Jong Un from constitution
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Why North Korea dropped a reference to ‘defending’ Kim Jong Un from constitution

Surprise deletion of phrase introduced in 2019 is sign leader has eliminated perceived military threats to his rule

Why North Korea dropped a reference to ‘defending’ Kim Jong Un from constitution
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser November 20, 2023
Primaries in Pyongyang? Decoding North Korea’s electoral reforms
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Primaries in Pyongyang? Decoding North Korea’s electoral reforms

New law does little to make elections free, but allowing two candidates marks small step toward greater citizen input

Primaries in Pyongyang? Decoding North Korea’s electoral reforms
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 23, 2023
North Korea expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting
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North Korea expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting

Ri Son Gwon’s demotion points to disagreements over policy toward Seoul, while purged officials return to top positions

North Korea expels inter-Korean policy head from politburo in sign of infighting
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 6, 2023
North Korea goes viral: How Seoul’s unification minister spread rumor as fact
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North Korea goes viral: How Seoul’s unification minister spread rumor as fact

Analysis of over 5,400 YouTube videos sheds light on direction of inter-Korean policy under Kim Yung-ho

North Korea goes viral: How Seoul’s unification minister spread rumor as fact
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser October 5, 2023
What North Korea’s state media reveals about Kim Jong Un’s inner circle
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What North Korea’s state media reveals about Kim Jong Un’s inner circle

Top military man Pak Jong Chon and premier Kim Tok Hun both appeared out until suddenly showing up alongside the leader

What North Korea’s state media reveals about Kim Jong Un’s inner circle
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser September 11, 2023
North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote
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North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote

Recent plenum referenced election reform, which could ditch single-candidate polls without sacrificing state control

North Korea’s silence on elections could point to changes in how citizens vote
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 25, 2023
Why North Korea is one of the only nations to use force to defend its EEZ claims
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Why North Korea is one of the only nations to use force to defend its EEZ claims

DPRK has long imposed extreme restrictions over its exclusive economic zone, leading to violent encounters in past

Why North Korea is one of the only nations to use force to defend its EEZ claims
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 19, 2023
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