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June 20, 2024


Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University). He is the author of Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World (Stanford University Press, 2021). He received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University in 2018. He has previously taught at the U.S. Naval War College and Dakota State University. He has published peer-reviewed articles on North Korean history and politics in a number of scholarly journals and is a regular contributor to NK News.


North Korea’s 1970s Hallyu: socialist spectaculars in the Third World

Kim Il Sung deployed art troupes as a way to spread his version of socialism and deepen diplomatic ties

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungApril 3, 2020

The history of Cold War North Korea through the five stages of grief

The DPRK leadership's failure to unify the country during the Korean War left a deep scar on the national psyche

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungFebruary 26, 2020

The revolution that wasn’t: is North Korea really a “revolutionary” state?

Despite official claims, early DPRK history was not marked by radical change to the status quo

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungDecember 25, 2019

The need for speed: time as a political tool in North Korea

The U.S. should take note that Kim Jong Un can literally change the time on a subjective — or political — whim

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungDecember 11, 2019

How Trump joins the list of notorious tyrants who praised North Korea’s system

North's personality cult, state media controls have charmed dictators for decades

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungJune 25, 2018

What exactly is North Korea’s “cultural heritage”?

Pompeo last month used a unusual euphemism when discussing a deal with Pyongyang

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungJune 10, 2018

Who controls the DPRK? A brief history of North Korea conspiracy theories

Many have posited that it is not really Kim Jong Un who is pulling the strings

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungMay 30, 2018

Singapore’s long, cozy relationship with North Korea

The city-state's history of ties to Pyongyang make it a fitting site for the Kim-Trump summit

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungMay 20, 2018

How Washington’s view of North Korea’s reunification plans is shifting

Changing Beltway consensus on why Pyongyang seeks nukes has major implications for U.S. policy

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungFebruary 27, 2018

The story of a North Korea-backed rebellion in Sri Lanka

DPRK backing for an ultra-leftist insurgency in 1971 ended in the expulsion of their diplomats

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungOctober 10, 2017