Peter Ward is a writer and researcher focusing on the North Korean economy, as well as a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.
The ruling Kim family has kept their Beijing benefactors close, but far enough as not to invite unwanted interference
Despite his manifest health issues, the North Korean leader likely knows that doing so could provoke a power struggle
Criticism of recent coverage fails to appreciate the day-to-day realities of reporting on North Korea
The event, originally planned for 1986, was pushed back, then shelved, and then finally revived and held in 2016
Recently-released publication offers a rare window into the world of the DPRK monetary policy
Facing crises, the DPRK attempted a crude imitation of the early 20th century economist's ideas
The "Field Responsibility System" gives bosses much greater incentives to innovate
The benefits are clear, but meeting the requirements would be too risky for Pyongyang
Subtle mentions of reforms in past years point to emphasis on science-based system
There are some unlikely parallels between the Golden Arches and the DPRK's nascent private sector
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