December 06, 2023


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.


How North Koreans ads in western newspapers backfired

Designed mainly for domestic reasons, over-the-top ads were derided even by allies

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungSeptember 27, 2013

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple's Relations with Kim Il Sung's North Korea

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungSeptember 19, 2013

The African Student Protest for Clean Water in North Korea, 1984

"The whole street was full of African students walking and shouting"

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungApril 22, 2013

Being African in the Pure-blooded, Juche Republic

In North Korea, Juche might have been acceptable in the 1980s, but being a bright African student wasn't

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungMarch 13, 2013

One African Man’s North Korean Juche Adventure

The curious tale of why a young man from Guinea ended up becoming a pawn in North Korea's 1980's UN vote chase.

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungMarch 7, 2013

North Korea Uses Newtown Shootings to Denounce America

In an ongoing propaganda effort, North Korea uses calamity in the U.S. to highlight the supposed low quality of life there

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungJanuary 7, 2013

The Black Panther’s Secret North Korean Fetish

Did you know that the Black Panther Party had a deep and long-running affection for Kim Il Sung and North Korea's 'Juche' ideology? No, neither did we...

Benjamin R. YoungBenjamin R. YoungDecember 20, 2012
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