October 01, 2022

About the author

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 Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders
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What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders

A rhetorical splitting of hairs reveals deeper shifts away from the personality cult of the Kim family

What Kim Jong Un wants from his local political leaders
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 7, 2021
Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook
NK PRO

Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook

Reported changes also suggest curtailed leadership cult and possible position for a successor

Revised party regulations point to new inter-Korean outlook
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser June 2, 2021
Protecting the Kim family cult from harm
NK PRO

Protecting the Kim family cult from harm

North Korea's Youth League name change more routine than puzzling

Protecting the Kim family cult from harm
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser May 19, 2021
North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance
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North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance

Kim Jong Un wants to redefine how officials are assigned and take responsibility

North Korea’s solution to economic crisis? Judge officials by their performance
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser April 23, 2021
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
NK PRO

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