November 30, 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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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
Promoted or demoted? Major North Korean leadership changes and what they mean
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Promoted or demoted? Major North Korean leadership changes and what they mean

North Korea's Politburo has met with unprecedented frequency this year, with at least four meetings held since June

Promoted or demoted? Major North Korean leadership changes and what they mean
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 17, 2020
Leadership shuffle? Top DPRK official possibly moved to economy-focused gig
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Leadership shuffle? Top DPRK official possibly moved to economy-focused gig

Ri Man Gon, former head of North Korea's OGD, seems to be in a new position after a possible demotion

Leadership shuffle? Top DPRK official possibly moved to economy-focused gig
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 14, 2020
Why Lee In-young may be the most vocal and successful unification minister yet
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Why Lee In-young may be the most vocal and successful unification minister yet

Lee's unification ministry will likely play a stronger, more active role in inter-Korean relations

Why Lee In-young may be the most vocal and successful unification minister yet
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser August 4, 2020
Why the world shouldn’t dismiss North Korea’s COVID-19 vaccine trials
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Why the world shouldn’t dismiss North Korea’s COVID-19 vaccine trials

North Korea's increased investment and emphasis on research means COVID-19 clinical trials might actually be underway

Why the world shouldn’t dismiss North Korea’s COVID-19 vaccine trials
Martin Weiser
Martin Weiser July 28, 2020