March 02, 2024


Balazs Szalontai

Balazs Szalontai

Balazs Szalontai is a historian and professor at Korea University, Division of Public Sociology and Korean Unification.


How North Korea navigates the labyrinth of Palestinian political divisions

Pyongyang has long refused to accept Israel’s right to exist but has taken evasive stance toward Hamas-PLO rivalry

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiOctober 18, 2023

Why North Korea’s partnership with Libya was not built to last

Pariah status drew disparate states together, but they pursued nuclear programs with very different goals

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiAugust 8, 2023

Why North Korea forged enduring friendship with Syria, but not neighboring Iraq

Geopolitical realities more than simple loyalty have driven Pyongyang’s ties with the ideologically similar regimes

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiOctober 11, 2022

How the North Korean-Vietnamese friendship turned sour

Pyongyang's self-centered behavior towards Hanoi irreparably damaged a once-close alliance

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiOctober 31, 2017

How, and why, China and North Korea have drifted apart

China's pursuit of other partners in East Asia has strained the old alliance

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiApril 19, 2017

A Korean Autonomous Territory in Mongolia?

North Korean economic nationalism has an exploitative side, which can backfire

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiMay 13, 2016

The specter of terrorism in North Korean, Iranian propaganda

U.S. counter-terrorism is too much for Pyongyang’s regime, too little for Tehran’s

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiAugust 25, 2015

Consent, discord in North Korean, Iranian attitudes toward international terrorism

The enemy of my friend, the enemy of my enemy, or the friend of my enemy?

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiAugust 17, 2015

Riding the tiger of nationalism in North Korea

How did the North Korean leadership muzzle the tiger that Ceausescu could not control?

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiMarch 3, 2015

Cracks in the North Korea – Iran Axis

Elements of dissonance in the rhetoric of the Tehran-Pyongyang partnership

Balazs SzalontaiBalazs SzalontaiAugust 5, 2014