Peter Ward | NK News
June 14, 2024

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Peter Ward

Peter Ward is a research fellow at the Sejong Institute. His work focuses on North Korean politics, the economy and society. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Vienna.

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Why North Korea could embrace talks with US to stop the South from going nuclear
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Why North Korea could embrace talks with US to stop the South from going nuclear

Pyongyang doesn’t want another nuke power across the border, and may even prefer a continued US presence on peninsula

Why North Korea could embrace talks with US to stop the South from going nuclear
Peter Ward
Peter Ward June 7, 2024
Why banning North Koreans from working abroad may not be in their best interest
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Why banning North Koreans from working abroad may not be in their best interest

Laborers face difficult and unsafe conditions overseas, but many volunteer for chance to earn money and leave the DPRK

Why banning North Koreans from working abroad may not be in their best interest
Peter Ward
Peter Ward May 15, 2024
How North Korea tried and failed to reform its economy under each Kim ruler
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How North Korea tried and failed to reform its economy under each Kim ruler

Regime’s attitude to economic woes has evolved over years, hinting at what could inspire it to consider reform again

How North Korea tried and failed to reform its economy under each Kim ruler
Peter Ward
Peter Ward May 8, 2024
Why some countries welcome North Korean laborers despite the sanctions risks
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Why some countries welcome North Korean laborers despite the sanctions risks

States evaluate benefits of hosting DPRK workers differently depending on need for labor, costs of punishment and more

Why some countries welcome North Korean laborers despite the sanctions risks
Peter Ward
Peter Ward April 30, 2024
What North Korea stands to gain — and lose — by sending workers overseas
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What North Korea stands to gain — and lose — by sending workers overseas

While the earning potential is lucrative for the regime, there are also many risks that come with exporting laborers

What North Korea stands to gain — and lose — by sending workers overseas
Peter Ward
Peter Ward April 26, 2024
North Korea’s silence on Trump speaks volumes about its view of the US election
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North Korea’s silence on Trump speaks volumes about its view of the US election

State media insists capitalists control the US political system, but regime’s actions betray a desire to resume dialogue

North Korea’s silence on Trump speaks volumes about its view of the US election
Peter Ward
Peter Ward April 9, 2024
How North Korea’s obsession with racial purity informs its new stance on South
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How North Korea’s obsession with racial purity informs its new stance on South

Kim regime has long claimed ethnic superiority and could use ROK’s multiculturalism to paint it as foreign enemy

How North Korea’s obsession with racial purity informs its new stance on South
Peter Ward
Peter Ward April 2, 2024
What North Korea’s official budget reveals about its spending priorities in 2024
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What North Korea’s official budget reveals about its spending priorities in 2024

DPRK figures only capture portion of economy but show large investments in science and little in regional development

What North Korea’s official budget reveals about its spending priorities in 2024
Peter Ward
Peter Ward February 21, 2024
Survey shows markets reign supreme in the daily lives of North Koreans
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Survey shows markets reign supreme in the daily lives of North Koreans

Unification ministry’s interviews with DPRK escapees revealed most living outside Pyongyang get no state support

Survey shows markets reign supreme in the daily lives of North Koreans
Peter Ward
Peter Ward February 14, 2024
20×10=success? Why Kim Jong Un’s regional development plan may be too ambitious
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20×10=success? Why Kim Jong Un’s regional development plan may be too ambitious

North Korea seeks to build 200 factories over the next decade, but finding the resources will be easier said than done

20×10=success? Why Kim Jong Un’s regional development plan may be too ambitious
Peter Ward
Peter Ward January 31, 2024
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